A KILLARNEY-based suicide prevention service is to benefit from a cash injection of more than €3,000 after a number of IMPACT trade union members took part in a charity cycle from Limerick to kerry ahead of IMPACT'S recent national conference in Killarney.
On Tuesday last, union members Dessie Robinson, Joan McCrohan and Kevin O'Malley presented a cheque for €3,380 to Be Aware Prevent Suicide representatives Deirdre Fee, Donal Clifford, Breda Joy and Tom Leslie - money which will be put towards implementing the Peer Support Facilitators Training Programme.
Be Aware Prevent Suicide founder Deirdre Fee told The Kerryman that it costs €4,000 to train 12 people on the programme, and this funding will go towards financing that. The trained facilitators, she explained, will then roll out the programme in clubs, schools and workplaces around the county,
"The trained facilitators will teach people how to listen better to one another and recognise the symptoms of stress and basically help people grasp what information they are hearing and direct people to where help is available," Deirdre explained. "It's basically all about teaching people how to intercept a problem before someone goes down that awful road. Its a first aid court in mental health."
Deirdre thanked those who took part in the walk for choosing Be Aware Prevent Suicide as a beneficiary, sating that the money is invaluable to all involved.