Normal People’s Paul Mescal is raffling off one of his own chains to support mental health charity

You too could own Connell’s chain (Picture: BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu)

Normal People is everybody’s lockdown obsession thanks to the teenage angst, the realistic love scenes and the incredible acting – and of course, a little silver chain.

Connell’s chain has become as much as a phenomenon as the BBC Three show itself, even racking up 155,000 followers on a dedicated Instagram page.

And for all of those lusting after a piece of jewellery, you may be able to get your hands on a chain that has touched the chest of Paul Mescal himself.

The actor, who plays Connell on Normal People, is a proud chain wearer IRL, and is raffling off one of his own chains to raise money for a mental health charity in Ireland.

The 24-year-old hopes to raise money for Pieta House in Dublin, which provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.

Paul said: ‘I am delighted to be able to help out Pieta by raffling off my chain that has taken on a following of its own since Normal People hit television screens. Pieta is a cause very close to my heart, having experienced loss due to suicide in my local town while growing up.

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‘Episode 10 of Normal People also touches upon depression and suicidal ideation, so it seemed like a very special partnership to want to help those in similar situations. I want to play my part in helping sustain these free services across Ireland.’

The raffle for the white gold sports chain from designer Roxanne First, for which donations start at €10 (£9), has already raised over €12,000 (£10,700) for Pieta House.

While it can be traced throughout the show, mental health issues and suicide are specifically dealt with in episodes nine and 10 of Normal People, when Connell’s school friend takes his own life.

In emotional scenes, Connell falls into a depression and eventually sees a counsellor, where he breaks down in tears.

Kildare born Mescal told Stylist: ‘Filming the scene where Connell breaks down was brutal. They called cut and I was still bawling.

Normal People has become a phenomenon (Picture: BBC)

‘I wanted desperately for Connell’s pain to feel authentic.’

The actor spoke to a counsellor who works at Trinity College Dublin to make sure the scene felt genuine, with the counsellor saying ‘it’s like a documentary in terms of how it was written’.

He said: ‘There were so many details that Sally [Rooney] got so right in terms of Connell avoiding eye contact or crying and not wiping away his tears.’

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Mescal stars opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones (Marianne) in the drama, based on the book by Sally Rooney, which charts the relationship of two teenagers from Sligo as they embark on a secret romance.

Normal People has been a huge success, giving BBC Three its best ever week on iPlayer with 16.2 million requests.

To enter the raffle for Connell’s chain, visit the Pieta website.

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