'Don't suffer in silence'

By Aaron O'Neill

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By Aaron O'Neill

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aaron.oneill@thechronicle.uk.com

A COLERAINE woman, who lost her partner just days before Christmas, has urged people in distress to seek help.

Ashley Kane said her partner Shane Brennan, who was 29, displayed “no signs” of despair before has untimely passing last week.

“I just miss him so much” she said.

“I would just say if there is any sort of feeling in your body and head that you don’t want to be around any more, don’t think about it - go and get help.

“Think of who you have. Don’t be thinking nobody cares. There’s so many people who care. Go and seek help.”

Ashley added in tribute: “He always gave his true self, that was his caring, honest, generous, fun-loving personality.

Her plea was echoed by the local branch of the Samaritans who urged those who may be suffering in silence to come forward, offering their support to those who may find themselves in a dark place at this time of year.

Carol Nicholl, Director of Samaritans in Coleraine, said: “Throughout the UK and Ireland we have a 24 hour service seven days a week for those who want to talk.”

“We have a free phone helpline which is 116 123 or you can alternatively call in to your local branch because Samaritans aim to encourage and help those in need,” she said.

“At this time of the year there are added pressures which means that it is not always a happy time for everyone due to the added stress of Christmas but no matter what our phone is always free.”

Carol added: “With the New Year in mind, 2019 provides the perfect platform for people to have a fresh start.”

*For the full story see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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