Depression, loneliness, a sense of futility, drug and alcohol misuse – these, together with their contributory factors, may lead to a person making the terrible decision to end his/her life.
Suicide is a growing problem across all sectors of society. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with suicide leaves many people unable even to talk about it.
But now the 50/50 Phone a Friend suicide awareness campaign has been launched in Castlebar they are helping bring issues surrounding suicide to the fore. The official launch took place on May 18, making this the third Mayo town to be involved, after similar movements in Westport and Ballina.
Funding is of great importance if this vital work, which enjoys the public support of An Garda Síochána and local officials, is to continue.
The Faith, Hope and Charity shop based in Market Square, Castlebar is making an important contribution in this regard, raising much needed cash to support the efforts of the Westport-based campaign.
Faith, Hope and Charity relies on the generosity of the general public and would greatly appreciate donations of new or nearly new clothing, shoes, accessories, books, toys, unwanted gifts, surplus goods, etc.