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Pictured above: Chris Quinn, Katie Whelan and Keith Earls with Richard Lynch. Picture: Oisin Mc Hugh

By I Love Limerick Correspondent, Sarah Jane Allen.

Lisa's Light Launch

One of the messages on the bridge.

On Tuesday, March 24th, Leaving Cert student, Kate Whelan, launched the Lisa’s Light campaign, to help promote positive mental health in Limerick by lighting up Thomond Bridge with 8 messages of hope, which include ‘Every day is a new beginning’, ‘It’s the little things’ and ‘Look Up, Look Forward’.

Keith Earls, Munster and Irish Rugby player helped Kate launch the initiative on the night. Keith wanted to help Katie after his own family experience of suicide.

Katie set up the cause, ‘Lisa’s Light’, in memory of her cousin Lisa who tragically died 3 years ago by suicide. She came up with the idea after having a dream about her cousin, “In my dream Lisa was just standing there (at the bridge) and she was contemplating jumping off but the whole bridge was lit up and she just stepped back and the dream ended there, and I knew then I had to do something with it, that the dream came to me for a reason.”

Lisa's Light Launch

Katie with her family at the Launch of Lisa’s Light

Over the past few years, many families have been left shattered after a loved one has taken their life from suicide in the River Shannon.

On the night, Katie said: ‘It was amazing. There were hundreds of people there. We released a load of coloured balloons to remember everyone who has passed away. I want this to be a new beginning now and the start of positive mental health in Limerick.”

Katie said: “My ultimate aim is to boost positive mental health in Limerick and to hopefully get through to people contemplating suicide, because sometimes people slip through the net, and I just want to help reach those people.”

Katie said she hoped the initiative will now spread to other cities around Ireland.

For more information, check out Lisa’s Light Facebook here.
Check out Lisa’s Light Twitter here

Read more about Lisa’s Light here.

Photos copyright Jonathan Baynes for I Love Limerick 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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