About the Authors


Anthony E. Walsh is a former member of the Irish Prison Service. His main interest was in staff welfare and prisoner rehabilitation. He has studied and researched suicide-related issues, and has worked closely with families bereaved by suicide. He holds an honours degree in Psychology, a BA in Social Studies, as well as qualifications in suicide studies, therapeutic group facilitation and counselling. He is also Managing Director of NM Proactive Solutions Ltd, a Training and Education Company that develops proactive social programmes for schools, businesses and organisations. Website: www.nmproactivesolutions.com
Lucy Costigan is an author from Wexford. In 2010,  StrangestGenius: The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke, by Lucy Costigan and Michael Cullen, was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the year by the IrishBook Awards. In 2012, Glenveagh Mystery: The Life, work and disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter became a national bestseller (Argosy). Lucy’s book, Bullyingand Harassment in the Workplace (Columba Press, 1998) was the first Irish-published book on the subject. Lucy holds Masters’ degrees in Research and Equality Studies. Lucy now works in social care. Website: www.lucycostigan.com.

Author’s Thank You!

Lucy and Tony would like to thank everyone who has contributed to ‘Understanding Suicide’. A really special thank you to all those who shared their personal stories and insights with us that so greatly enriched the book.

Thanks to the Lord Mayor, Joe, for launching our book at the Brog Maker Hotel, Kilkenny on July 10th. Thanks to Frank Kavanagh for doing such a marvellous job in the role of MC. Thanks also to John and all the staff in the Brog Maker for all the preparations and for really making us feel at home. 

Thanks to our families and friends for all your support and helpful suggestions when we were in the thick of researching and writing the book.

Thank you to Michael Cullen for all your helpful marketing suggestions, for your excellent photography and for creating this website to accompany the book.

Thanks also to our great team at Columba Press.

We both hope that this book will broaden the debate on suicide and bring more awareness as to the role that we all have in treating each other with greater kindness, empathy and compassion, despite any surface differences.