Walk for suicide prevention and counselling services

Console is calling on families, friends, and work colleagues to take part in the annual suicide memorial and prevention walk for the charity's counselling facility in Renmore.

The 6.5km walk, entitled “Walking in Memory of Our Loved Ones”, takes place on Sunday April 15 at 2pm, starting from the Claddagh Hall to Blackrock, and return.

Margaret Tierney of Console says suicide is a prevalent problem in Ireland today.

"Many people are in particular crisis as a result of the financial pressures the country is facing. International research has shown that suicide prevention services like those provided by Console are vital to making a difference, that is why fundraising events such as the Console Suicide Memorial & Prevention Walk are crucial to maintaining suicide bereavement and suicide prevention services in Galway." Last year Console provided support to more than 14,000 people who suffered as the result of losing someone to suicide. Console also runs a 24-hour suicide prevention helpline, 365 days a year, across Ireland called 1Life.

Ms Tierney says Console needs to raise 90 per cent of funds to provide these crucial service.

"Seeing the devastation of families whose lives will never be the same again inspires us to keep going and provide the support that we can. It all adds up, so we really do literally value every euro that sponsorship can raise.”     All money aised from the walk will go towards offering counselling and support to families and children bereaved by suicide as well as those who are suicidal in its Renmore facility in Galway. The freephone helpline is 1800 201 890.

For a sponsorship pack, contact Margaret on 091-744522/mobile 087-7978130, or email [email protected]

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