I have just heard that another young man locally has taken his own life.
He had just returned to college to do his second year in medicine.
Another mother is distraught and looking for reasons.
The news has reverberated around the community. It filled the discussions at a local wedding.
His Facebook page showed a sociable, happy young man, enjoying his course. He was a SUCCESS.
He attended the same school as my daughter’s boyfriend and my children. He went to the same university. Both were ‘achieving’.
I am about to start teaching a course developing the academic practice of university lecturers. But it seems so trivial when faced with the enormity of this crisis of masculinity.
Will this be the last one or will we witness another ‘season of suicide’?
We have seen these seasons before. Last year Galway witnessed 5 suicides in one weekend. In 2002 the town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford was traumatised when 5 men committed suicide over an 8 day period, three of them dying in one weekend. All died by putting themselves in the local river.
‘Normal’ life, of course, continues, but no longer feels normal.