Episode 4 of the Forward Together Podcast features a conversation with Senator Frances Black. Frances is an independent senator in Ireland’s Oireachtas and a member of its Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee. Senator Frances Black has family roots in Rathlin Island and a strong commitment to addressing mental health challenges. She believes that while mental health was damaged in Northern Ireland – or the six counties in her words – many of the issues are common throughout the island of Ireland. “We know the suicide rates are huge in certain areas in the north, but we also know that the suicide rates in Cork are huge.”
What is Forward Together Podcast?
Gerard Deane and Paul Gosling host a series of interviews with the objective of promoting a wider, more inclusive and engaged conversation about how we make progress and further solidify peace and create a genuinely shared and integrated society in Northern Ireland. Holywell Trust is curating a discussion that is mutually respectful, forward focused and positive. The podcast considers the real challenges that Northern Ireland’s society faces in the coming years and begins to arrive at practical and honest approaches to address these.