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Suicide resource centre opens in Tralee

Console will provide a broad range of supports and services for those affected by or at risk of suicide.

CONSOLE EXPECTS ITS new resource centre in Tralee to be used by people living in rural and isolated areas in the wider Kerry area.

Official statistics show that 26 people died from suicide in the county in 2011. During the same year, 148 men and 148 women presented to Emergency Department after an episode of self-harm.

The facility, based at the McAuley Centre at Balloonagh, was officially launched yesterday with counselling services available immediately. All other resources and supports for those affected by, or at risk of, suicide are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

“Console is tirelessly committed to responding in a comprehensive and professional way to help those who have lost loved ones to suicide and to prevent further tragedy,” said CEO Paul Kelly.

The organisation proposes to fully develop the centre to provide a comprehensive range of full-time services, some of which are a departure from traditional suicide bereavement-only counselling services. The centre will be aimed at providing resources, referral and advice to those in crisis or at risk of suicide.

Kelly extended the charity’s gratitude to the Kerry Group which provided significant funding to the project.

The chief executive also highlighted the Kerry coroner’s remarks about the high incidence of suicide verdicts at his court and their very traumatic nature.

He said, “Every suicide is such a devastating loss but it is important to highlight that there are many helpful services and resources that can help.

“In the case of suicide, the time around the inquest can be a particularly traumatic period for the bereaved families. We know in our own work that extra support or information is usually needed around this time.

“The provision of professional services and community support at times of such loss is hugely important, especially if we want to minimise the harmful impact on others. In Kerry, we hope that Console can take on a crucial role in providing some stability and a safe haven at a very chaotic and distressing time.”

Free helpline number: 1800 201 890 or see www.console.ie.

Other Helplines:

  • Samaritans 1850 60 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634
  • Aware 1890 303 302
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66

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