It is now more than a year since local lads Davey Shields and Damian Friel started their MenTalkHealth (MTH) initiative. Created to openly discuss mental health issues, initially on a series of podcasts, accompanied by a range of guests and their regular original team member Eli Beaton, their campaign has garnered much support from LGBT+ communities and local businesses.
Whenever I think about that night. The strongest memory isn’t the shame or the sadness I felt. It isn’t fear of what would have happened had things gone to plan. It’s the outfit. The spot-on replica outfit of Olivia Newton-John in her Physical video – circa 1981 – and I can’t help but grin before being over taken by the grim reality of what so very nearly happened.