Banding together to combat suicide

Published 14/11/2012 | 11:29

Deirdre Fee, Chairperson of 'Be Aware Prevent Suicide', guest speakers author Leanne Waters and Jacklyn McCarthy of the National Suicide Research Foundation, Denis Counihan and Breda Joy of Be Aware Prevent Suicide at the public meeting 'Mind Yourself... Credit: Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

IT'S a simple initiative that could prove hugely effective in the bid to raise awareness on suicide issues.

A new wristband sporting the '1Life' 24-hour suicide prevention helpline was launched in the Malton Hotel, Killarney, on Monday night. The launch preceded the latest in a series of free mental wellness talks being held during November in Killarney, Waterville and Listowel.

"The release of our new wristband with the 24-hour helpline number is part of our aim to make people aware of the amount help and services that are out there," Be Aware Prevent Suicide Chairperson Deirdre Fee said.

Ms Fee also asked schools and workplaces to help distribute the wristband. All funds raised will go towards the group's local campaign.

During the seminar titled 'Minding Yourself: Youth Focus', author Leanne Waters spoke of the link between bulimia and bullying in her life while Killarney woman Jacklyn McCarthy who is working with the National Suicide Research Foundation, presented findings on self-harm and suicide research.

The series of free talks is organised jointly by Be Aware Prevent Suicide; North and East Kerry Development and Living Links.

This Thursday, November 15, Diarmuid Ring will speak on 'Growing Up with Mental Health Difficulties' at Tech Amergin, Waterville, at 8pm.

Meanwhile, mountaineer and motivational speaker Pat Falvey will speak on 'From the Valley to the Peaks' and Dan O'Connor of Kerry Mental Health Services will speak on 'Building Resilience in Challenging Times' at The Malton Hotel at 7.30pm next Monday, November 19.

Next Wednesday, November 21, at 8pm, Roger Harty will speak on 'Embracing Depression' at the Listowel Arms Hotel.

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