Despite the inclement weather the annual walk organised by Ginalee Healy in the fight against teenage depression went ahead on Monday last.
The walk from Loughgeorge to Claregalway is organised each year by Ginalee to highlight and support the ongoing battle for the many people who have to suffer from the dreaded disease and when it hits teenagers and children. It is especially difficult for families.
For several years Ginalee Healy has been fighting against the stigma that is often associated with teenage depression having come through her own battles.
It is OK not to OK has been Ginalee’s slogan as she has continued to highlight the difficulties of teenage and children’s depression. For a number of years Ginalee has organised a walk to highlight depression among young people and while Ginalee hopes to continue with the cause.
This year was Ginalee’s last year to organise the walk and talk as a teenager.
She paid tribute to all who supported the walk with all proceeds going to Jigsaw which provide help to hundreds of teenagers every year.
Ginalee told the huge gathering that people should not shy away from letting it be known that they suffer from depression, especially teenagers and children.
After the walk, people gathered for well-earned refreshments in the Arches Hotel, which were generously supplied by the Dunleavy family.