Thousands tune in to Keith’s upbeat speech

by Emma Nolan

A BALLYBRACK man has gone viral for his Trainspotting-style speech on mental health.

Mental health issues are something close to local Keith Kelly’s heart and, with the release of the Trainspotting sequel, he saw an opportunity to reach people by making a video that plays on the original Trainspotting film.

Keith, who is from Ballybrack and is a volunteer with Suicide or Survive, has struggled with his mental health over the years. He created the short video based on Trainspotting character Renton’s famous “Choose life” speech.

Keith’s video has been a huge hit, clocking almost 10,000 views on his Facebook page in less than 24 hours.

He said: “I’ve been blown away by the response. I just did it as a way of trying to reach and help people and now I’m getting thank-you messages from all the over the world.

“It just goes to show you the power of sharing and the appetite that is out there right now for some positivity.”

Positive message

Keith has struggled with his own issues over the past few years and, having seen a lot of suffering “including too many suicides” in his community, he wanted to send out a positive message.

“I’m a huge fan of Trainspotting and with the new film coming out I saw an opportunity to do something creative to help spread a positive message. The original Trainspotting ‘Choose life’ message was a powerful one so I suppose it’s a play on that.

“Over the years, through all the unhappiness and sadness I’ve experienced, I’ve learnt that you can’t bury your head in the sand or else things will just get worse.”

He says that the importance of talking openly can’t be underestimated and that the video has since “opened up a whole new world for him”, including new friends and community through his volunteering with the Suicide or Survive charity.

He added: “I’d just love to see everyone being themselves – not necessarily following the norms, just living the lives they want to live and being comfortable with themselves.”


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