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'A lot of young Irish people don't see a future': Blindboy gives powerful interview about suicide

The Rubberbandits member spoke about the suicide epidemic in Ireland.

BLINDBOY BOATCLUB HAS given a powerful interview about mental health in Ireland.

The Rubberbandits member appeared on Channel 4 News this evening.

He spoke about the suicide epidemic Ireland is facing as the country commemorates the Easter Rising centenary.

“I only want to have a bit of craic, but I end up always finding myself in situations where I become a voice of reason. I shouldn’t be.

“Rather than looking, going ‘Why is the man in the bag making sense?’, you go ‘Why is the man in the suit not making sense?’

“My generation, we’re old enough to remember the Celtic Tiger, but we’re massively affected by the recession. Our 20s were stolen from us, pretty much.

Young Irish people, the suicide amongst them is massive. Huge amounts of suicide, jumping into rivers, and emigration and a lot of young Irish people, they don’t see a future.

Speaking of 1916, Blindboy said: “It’s weird to look back at these lads that were our age, these men and women that were our age trying to forge a future and now we’re in a situation where we don’t see a future but we don’t even know who our enemy is.”

Last month Blindboy’s video on Des Bishop’s election special went viral, sparking an important discussion about mental health.

  • Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • Console 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie - (suicide, self-harm)
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

Read: The Rubberbandits on mental health in Ireland really struck a chord

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