- 12 Sep 23
"Stigma is acknowledged as the greatest barrier towards acknowledging a problem and seeking help," the U2 bass guitarist comments.
Adam Clayton of U2 has teamed up with acclaimed Irish artist Debbie Chapman to raise funds for Samaritans Ireland – by auctioning off a bespoke art sculpture of a four-foot elephant, decorated and signed by Adam.
The piece, titled 'All At Sea', has been created to encourage people to speak out about their mental health issues – with all profits from the sale set to go to the charity, which offers emotional support to anyone who is in distress, lonely, struggling to cope, or feeling suicidal.
According to its description on galabid.com, the bespoke art sculpture is durable, lightweight, weatherproof, and can be shipped anywhere in the world.
The highest big is currently €3,500.
"Stigma is acknowledged as the greatest barrier towards acknowledging a problem and seeking help," Adam comments. "I have spoken many times about my own struggle with addiction and depression. I know from experience that the most difficult step towards a life of recovery is the very first one… That first conversation with a friend or loved one, a doctor or counsellor is so important, the one that recognizes the ‘elephant in the room’.
"For me personally, art – in all its forms - brings both comfort and joy and I can think of no better way to raise awareness for the vital conversation around mental health and well-being."
You can get involved in the auction here.