SOSAD is holding an online event this weekend to raise funds so it can provide free counselling services.
The father of a Laois man, who died by suicide in 2018, is asking people to support a local suicide charity.
Stradbally's Kevin McCarthy is encouraging people to support SOSAD's an online fundraising event this weekend.
The Virtual Variety Night will feature acts from all over the county on Sunday 6th of June at 8 pm and is being run to raise funds so the organisation can open a free counselling service with three private rooms in Portlaoise.
Kevin's son Keith was 25 when he died and he doesn't want another person to go through that experience:
Those participating in the event are all local people who have volunteered to participate, they play a very important role and are the “Stars of the Show”. The stellar line up includes Laois Comhaltas, Music Generation Laois (accompanying the Lynam School of Irish Dancing), Portlaoise GAA, Portlaoise Musical Society, Portlaoise Pantomime Group, Portlaoise Panthers, One of a Kind, popular Priest, Fr Paddy Byrne , Laois School of Music and Heywood Community School. Popular Country Singer Michael English is also lined up and is sure to be a big draw.
Well known people including Clare Byrne, Brent Pope and David Norris will be on the judging panel.
Local Laois mental health campaigner, Christy Bannon from Portlaoise will compere the event.
People can view the event by clicking the link http://sosad.live/
SOSAD Laois Helpline 083 0291706.