Lisa Brennan - a 21-year-old Rural Enterprise and Agri-business student at Mountbellew Agricultural College/G.M.I.T. - will skydive for charity on July 7th.
The cattle dealer’s daughter is currently seeking sponsorship to help her raise funds for SOSAD - a local charity in Carrickmacross - whilst conveying the following message - “it’s OK not to feel OK.”
“I’m facing one of my fears for a really important charity. Suicide is becoming an increasing problem in Ireland and in, particular men.” the Co. Monaghan native told Catherina Cunnane - That’s Farming.
“I read a statistic recently that 84 men take their own lives each week in Ireland alone.”
“I always wanted to do a skydive as I’m the kind of girl that’s always up for devilment and pushing myself out of my comfort zone academically and in life.” said the Ballyjamesduff Co-operative Livestock Mart employee.
SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters) has offices in Cavan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, Carrickmacross and Tullamore.
SOSAD’s goals include raising awareness of suicide in Ireland, breaking the stigma surrounding suicide and providing support and direction to those feeling depressed and/or suicidal.
The charity also provides support and direction to those who may know someone feeling suicidal and provide support and direction to those who have been bereaved by suicide.
SOSAD also has a range of supports available for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide; they carry out suicide interventions, psychological assessments and offer free counselling to anyone who wishes to avail of this service.
“Every volunteer at SOSAD is committed to providing the very best possible care and support to every client and also do all that they can to help their families cope through this difficult time.” a statement on its website outlined.
“I have chosen this charity as I think there is not enough done to help prevent people from taking their own lives as they feel it’s the only way out.”
“I have gone through a challenging few years with my mother passing away. I want to turn this negative into a positive help this organisation to save lives and let people know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“With the help and support of my amazing friends and family, I couldn’t imagine where I’d be today,” she concluded.