Thought for the Day Friday 10th May 2013
Today is Simon’s 10th Anniversary and he would be 26 years now. I can’t even get a good picture in my head of what he would look like now but I bet he would be still handsome, very friendly and smiling that big smile of his.
I feel very sad at the moment and not really looking forward to going to the Mass and graveyard afterwards (probably not able to go with this crap weather). I have struggled all week and will for another few days but then I will come out of it and be fine again. I don’t really mind though as I believe that Simon deserves a few days of my life every year to remember him properly.
Lots of people thank me for what I have done with SOSAD, but the truth is that it is Simon that is running the show, guiding me every step of the way. I am just his vessel on this earth. I believe that Simon hates seeing other people dying by suicide and struggling with depression, and so he does everything he can to try to help anyone affected by depression or thoughts of suicide. He is SOSAD.
I also believe that Simon died because he was struggling with life and he thought that there was no one or agency that could help him. After all, he was with Psychiatric services a few weeks before he died and they sent him home saying “There was nothing psychologically wrong with him”. What did they know??. But thanks to Simon and the way he works through and with every volunteer in SOSAD we can give people who are suffering like Simon did, different options and maybe even replace a lot of that despair with some hope. Our success rate and the amount of people we try to help every day is testament to that. Simon knows that life can be so hard, but it can be made a lot easier if we get professional and supportive help.
I hope to honour and remember Simon today and if you would like to honour and remember him there are a couple of things you can do. You can share, repost, advertise and e mail this post around so that it reaches a huge audience in the hope that it will make at least one person think twice and look for the help they desperately need and deserve. That would make Simon very happy today and may make others think twice.
You could also say a prayer for him to help him be at peace, which is all he wanted when he was with us. He would really appreciate that, and finally you might like to say a prayer for me and everyone in SOSAD, just to help us all keep going, helping all those that contact us, especially when we find the going really tough. Thank you all for being there for us.
If you, or anyone you know is struggling with depression and/or thoughts of suicide, talk to someone and get help and you might be pleasantly surprised at how things can change.
We are delighted to announce that SOSAD Ireland have secured very suitable premises at Bow House, O'Moore St. in Tullamore and will be starting training volunteers straight away. We will need lots of different volunteers to help us provide professional care and support to the people of Offaly and surrounding areas. We are planning to have the oficial opening of SOSAD Tullamore in Bow House Tullamore on Saturday 25th May at 2pm and everyone is welcome to come along. Some of the volunteers we will need to help the people of Offaly are;-
People trained in the ASIST or equivalent.
Fund raising organisers.
SOSAD, as a community based charity, works with the people in the community, using their skills, training and experience, to help anyone struggling with depression and/or thoughts of suicide, as well as anyone bereaved by suicide. Seeing that suicide is such a problem in Offaly, we will need the support of the whole community to help those that need our unique and professional support.
Please ring 083 1711238 or 041 9848754 for further details.