Marie Louise McConville: It can be a battle getting people to #BeKind

TV personality, Keith Lemon, who is played by Leigh Francis, has designed a t-shirt in memory of his friend, Caroline Flack, who died suddenly earlier this month.The top bears a striking image of Caroline alongside a simple message `Be Kind'. The tv star said he has produced the t-shirt "to spread Caroline’s own words #Bekind, and to raise money for the Samaritans" adding that "100% of profits will go to @samaritanscharity".
Marie Louise McConville

Television presenter Caroline Flack's tragic passing at the age of 40 earlier this month has, quite rightly, brought the issue of mental health into the media spotlight.

Full of life and love, beautiful and with so much potential, her family, friends and hordes of fans have been left utterly devastated.

The news of her suicide has been met in different ways by those who knew and loved her.

Some of her famous pals have found that her death has given them the strength to speak out about their own dark battles with their mental health.

Rugby star Danny Cipriani, who once dated Caroline Flack, revealed that he has had suicidal thoughts himself.

The 32-year-old, moved by the death of his ex-girlfriend, spoke about his past mental health struggles in a heartbreaking video posted on social media.

I'm sure his revelations surprised some, given that he is a big, strong sports star, but as we should all know by now, no-one is immune from mental health problems.

Other friends, who have spoken about their love for Caroline, have turned to more practical therapy.

TV personality Keith Lemon, who is played by Leigh Francis, has designed a t-shirt in memory of his friend.

The top bears a striking image of Caroline along with the simple message, `Be Kind'.

The star said he has produced the t-shirt "to spread Caroline's own words #Bekind, and to raise money for the Samaritans" as "100% of profits will go to @samaritanscharity".

I was really moved by this because the more we highlight the message of being kind, hopefully, the more it will have an impact.

At New Year, I revealed that my resolution was to simply be more kind and I challenged myself to do one kind thing for someone else every day.

So far, so good and it has really had an impact on my mental health and well-being because it really makes me feel good about myself.

Of course, the problem is, after every tragedy, there is always an outpouring of goodwill along with promises to change the world.

The thing is, it wears off and this is where I despair.

Just this week, a story about a cross-community event taking place in Belfast this week, the first of its kind, was shared on Facebook.

Shortly after, under the post, a sectarian comment was written.


Why not just say, this is a great event. Well done to the organisers.

Maybe we are fighting a losing battle?

Maybe people will never change and the simple task of asking them to be kind is just too much.

I really hope that's not the case because what a sad world that would be.

Come on, give it a go - #BeKind


It's the news we had all been waiting for - for at least 15 years - and now it's finally be confirmed, the Friends cast are reuniting.

Dubbed ''The One Where They All Get Back Together'', news of the special was confirmed by members of the cast on social media earlier this week.

Having aired for 10 seasons between 1994 and 2004, our favourite pals will reunite for a one-off special which will premiere in May.

The reunion, which will be unscripted, will feature all six stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.




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