Pieta House Suicide Crisis Centre Opens in Limerick

Pieta House South West opened by Michael Noonan, T.D.

as reports show Limerick has one of the highest rates of suicide and self harm in UK and Ireland

Pieta House

Pieta House, the Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre, today opened a new purpose built facility in Limerick. The centre was officially opened by Fine Gael T.D. Michael Noonan, former Health Minister and currently Opposition spokesperson on Finance. According to Northern Ireland Registrar of Deliberate Self Harm, Limerick has the seventh highest suicide rate of any city in Britain and Ireland and has the highest rate of deliberate self harm in Ireland.  (Please can you include contact details in your reports: Pieta House Limerick, phone:  061-48 4444 or 061-484 646).

Speaking at the launch, Michael Noonan T.D. said: “Pieta House Mid West will be invaluable to the people of Limerick and the surrounding areas. Today, I have been struck by the fantastic facility now available to the community and the specialist nature of the service it gives to those who are in crisis. It is shocking that Limerick has such high rates of both suicide and self harm and I hope that the provision of this service will also build awareness and understanding of these problems which are often misunderstood and treated as taboo subjects.”

Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House said: “We are so pleased to be here today opening our fantastic new facility, which fittingly coincides with the 5th birthday of our Lucan facility opening.  We are so grateful to all of our generous supporters in the project including the West Limerick Resource fund, the ESB the JP McManus Pro Am Fund as well as the incredible Pieta House mid west team, led by Centre Manager Nora Conway, who have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition.

We look forward to working to deliver a service to the people of the Mid West to ensure that anyone who may have suicidal thoughts or be engaging in self-harming behaviours feels they have somewhere to go. Our counselling service is free of charge and easy-to-access and we are committed to offering it to anyone who needs it. Suicide and self harm is on the rise in Ireland and we are here to support all those who are in distress.”

Pieta Mid West is located in the quiet area of Ardaulin, Raheen, Mungret, Co. Limerick and will specifically serve the areas of Limerick, North Tipperary and Co. Clare however it is accessible to the Munster Region in general. A total of ten therapists will work on-site to deliver a face-to-face service for those in the acute stages of distress. The state-of-the-art facility consists of seven therapy rooms and an assessment room. Its home from home atmosphere is reflective of the ethos of Pieta House.

The Pieta Midwest Project received widespread financial support from business and the public through the many voluntary fundraising efforts undertaken by the highly active and successful Midwest Volunteer Team.  Further significant support was forthcoming from the JP McManus Pro Am Fund and the ESB.  Statutory funding was made available through the Dept. of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, West Limerick Resources, the Dept. of Health and Children and the HSE who gave generous financial and clinical support to the project.

Pieta House is the only major voluntary organisation in the country providing a professional therapeutic service for communities who may have people who have attempted suicide or who are actively contemplating the act.  The Limerick centre is the charity’s second national facility while under its 2007 Outreach programme, Pieta House has also in the past five years opened two outreach services in Finglas and Tallaght in Dublin, and next month will open a third outreach centre in Ballyfermot, Pieta House successfully treated almost 3,000 people since it opened its doors in 2006.

The organisation hired more therapists last year to cope with the demand and now employs a team of 30 at its professional centre in Lucan, Co Dublin.

The new centre will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Pieta House are currently looking for volunteers to work at the new centre. More information on this and on Pieta House can be found on Pieta House newly designed website www.pieta.ie .

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