Waterford mural unveiled to draw attention to mental health

Joe Caslin became known for his marriage equality referendum installations

Waterford mural unveiled to draw attention to mental health

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A mural has been unveiled in Waterford to draw attention to people's mental health.

The giant artwork has been composed by Joe Caslin and Niall Breslin.

Caslin is a street artist and teacher, who became known for his marriage equality referendum installations last year.

While singer Niall is an outspoken advocate for mental health services.

The piece is called "Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine" - or "We live protected under each other’s shadow".

It shows the illustration of a man's face, chest and arms who is being hugged from behind.

While other sets of arms are also attached to his, seemingly making a chain.

The artwork is a collaboration with mental health charities A Lust For Life and Pieta House - as well as street art project Waterford Walls.

Speaking about the piece, Caslin says: "I have, in the past five years, witnessed conversations about our mental health move from the undergrowth and shadows and into the light.

"We have slowly begun to address the very real issue of our indiviudal and collective mental health.

"However, we must do more to replace suicide with hope. We are stronger together and as such I have collaborated with A Lust for Life, Pieta House and Waterford Walls to create an iconic piece of urban art in Waterford City.

"Words alone fall short of expressing our deep turmoil or indeed our hope.

"An image can hold a power words often fail to achieve."