Pieta House Calls on Tipperary Women to Raise Awareness by Taking Part in Mini Marathon

Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, is calling on Tipperary women of all ages to run or walk the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon in Pieta House t-shirts to help raise awareness of the free services they provide. The Mini Marathon takes place in Thurles, the European Town of Sport for 2012, on Sunday, 30th September at 11am. Pieta House t-shirts are available from Marie Peelo in Pieta House on 01 628 2111 or mariepeelo@pieta.ie.

A group of local Pieta House supporters (pictured) are already taking part in the 10k mini marathon and the charity is hoping that more will join them in the coming weeks.

“As Thurles is the European Town of Sport for 2012 there’s no better year to get involved in the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon,” said Joan Freeman, CEO and founder of Pieta House. “I hope that lots of people will choose to run in our Pieta House t-shirts to raise awareness of the free service we provide to people in crisis. As many of you know, fundraising for a Pieta House centre in Roscrea is ongoing and we’re hoping to open there in the very near future,” she said.

Demand for Pieta House’s services increased by 81% last year. Pieta House first opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006. There is now a second national centre in Limerick and three further outreach centres across Dublin. There are active discussions in progress to open centres in Roscrea, Galway and Cork.

Registration for the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon is available online at www.tippminimarathon.ie. The closing date for entries is Monday, 24th September.

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About Pieta House

 

Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, officially opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006. The unique, clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across the five centres in Dublin and Limerick. There are also active discussions in progress to open centres in Galway, Cork, Waterford and Roscrea.

 

Pieta House provides a professional, face to face, free of charge therapeutic service to people in the acute stages of suicidal distress. Its primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that crucial stage when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.

 

Since 2006, Pieta House has grown to almost 80 therapists and staff. Demand for their services is constantly on the rise. To date over 6,000 people have been seen and helped by Pieta House.

 

Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis.

 

Log on to www.pieta.ie or call 01 601 0000.

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Bronagh Walsh

Stillwater Communications

T: 01 6770630

M: 086 7725915

E: bronagh@stillwater.ie

 

Tara Walsh

Stillwater Communications

T: 01 6770630

E: tara@stillwater.ie

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