By Pádraig Byrne (Wexford People)
With the threat of another lockdown looming large, there's rightly been a large emphasis in the past week on the impact of Covid-19 on our mental health.
It was therefore timely and fitting that Bunclody trio Grace and Eimear Sheehan and Ciara Mullin presented a cheque to suicide prevention service Talk to Tom for a total of €1,350.
With the help of local mental health advocate and Sinn Féin rep Colette Nolan, the girls put their talents to good use recording a song called 'Sanctuary' at The Orchard Recording Studio in Enniscorthy under the expert eye of Brendan Carthy and accompanied by Jay O'Sullivan. The girls felt the song fit the cause perfectly as Talk to Tom provides a sanctuary for so many people in need of help in Co Wexford.
Having lost her brother to suicide, Colette has always been a supporter of mental health charities and she was delighted that the girls lent their talents to the cause.
"Suicide prevention is something very close to my own heart and Talk to Tom provide an invaluable service of counselling, support and training in suicide prevention. A service set up around the kitchen table of charity CEO Ray Cullen is indeed a 'Sanctuary' for everyone who uses the service," said Ms Nolan.
"In an unprecedented time of this covid pandemic charities that are solely funded by donations and their charity shop need as much donations as possible, the song can still be supported through facebook and YouTube or through the Talk To Tom website," she added.