Irish suicide charity Console to expand services to London
IRISH suicide prevention charity Console has announced that it is to expand its services to London, at the request of UK authorities.
Console, which is marking its 10th anniversary, has been invited to establish a centre in London, which will open later this year.
“We have been invited to establish a presence in London by a group of state and community agencies who have identified a specific lack of suicide resources in the London area,” said Paul Kelly, the charity’s CEO and founder.
Mr Kelly was contacted by the Metropolitan Police and the UK's Department of Health after outlining Console's services at a conference in London.
“It is both a fantastic honour to be asked to establish a UK operation, and an opportunity to spread and develop our professional postvention counselling services which already work so well here in Ireland.
“We are at an advanced stage in securing a premises and hope to be up and running by the end of the year.”
Initially, Console hopes to meet the needs of clients in London through the provision of information, resources, training and education for relevant groups.
A report last week found that unemployment in the UK has been linked to 1,000 additional deaths by suicide between 2008 and 2010.
This will be one of the talking points when Console hosts its World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at Croke Park Convention Centre on Friday September 7.
A wide range of national and international speakers from the US and Australia will focus on the role of the community in providing crisis support and suicide prevention/postvention services.
The Conference is of benefit to anyone working in a care-giving role or with a more general interest in suicide prevention and postvention.
Console recently published the National Quality Standards for the provision of suicide bereavement service in conjunction with the HSE.
The nationwide professional suicide prevention and bereavement charity offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.
The charity has full-time Centres in Dublin, Cork, Wexford, Limerick, and Galway and also offers services into Mayo, Kildare, and other areas of Dublin such as Tallaght and Clondalkin.
Counselling is available for any individual, couples, families or children who have been affected by suicide.
The charity is also holding a unique 5k 'Walk and Talk' event at the Phoenix Park on Sunday September 9 at 11am.
“Two of our central themes are community and communication,” said Paul.
“The idea behind the Walk and Talk is that we are asking people to ring their extended family and get them together at the Phoenix Park.
“People may only see each other once in a while, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and have a chat in some wonderful surroundings.”
Details of the conference booking and the Walk and Talk event are available on www.console.ie or by calling 01 610 2638.