Our Friend Ray, by Adrian Yeates


Our Friend Ray

by See Change Ambassador, Adrian Yeates


“Life is a precious gift, but we never know how long we’ve got, 

The best any of us can do is to optimise our lot. 

Some achieve spectacular heights, and many experience terrible lows, 

But a true measure of worth, is how you treat others and deal with the blows. 


30 April 2019 was a red-letter day, 

It was Green Ribbon launch and my first time to meet Ray, 

He took to the podium like it was made for him, 

And addressed the assembled with wit and vim. 


He shared his life story, and how challenging it’s been, 

But in an insightful way that drew me right in. 

“Now here’s a man on top of his game”, 

With his example, I can’t stay the same. 


I resolved to reach out, and follow his lead, 

Helping to eradicate the mental health stigma weed. 

Though no longer physically with us, I’ll carry him in my heart, 

May our friend Ray be at peace, he did more than his part.”


If you are having a tough time at the moment and need to reach out for support, please contact any of the following

Shine: phil@shine.ie


Samaritans: 116123


Pieta House: 1800 247 247


YourMentalHealth.ie: 1800 742 444

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