Yesterday, I was shocked to read of the suicide of 22-year old, Mikey Clancy, who was a world class windsurfer from Dublin. I know Mikey’s father, Michael Clancy, from years back as our paths first met when were both visiting my father-in-law to be when he was undergoing chemotherapy in a Dublin hospital. I was truly impressed with Michael Clancy from the moment I met him and saw a level of kindness and social conscience that is rare.
My heart goes out to Michael and his family on the death of their beloved Mikey and I want to lend my voice to his altruistic call, at this time of terrible grief, for all of us to do everything we possibly can to to reverse the high rates of suicide that pervade our society;
Crucially, Mikey Clancy’s case points to the importance of ‘assuming nothing’ about people. The words ‘Assume Nothing’ were the motto that hung on a rough piece of wood in the surgery of arguably the most empathetic and insightful doctor I have ever met.
Let us all join with Mikey Clancy’s family in being more open about mental health issues and suicide, in particular. Let lives be saved in a tribute to this wonderful young man and his loving family.
Here is the fine article, by Eamonn Sweeney, that was printed about Mikey in the Sunday Independent yesterday. I think we can all learn from it.