An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD offically opened Console’s new Centre for Suicide Bereavement Counselling Services in the Mayo area in Swinford on Monday last. Services in Swinford will now be available for anyone affected by suicide. Console will provide free intake and counselling for anyone who has experienced the tragic loss of someone close to Suicide.
Recently the Central Statistics Office released confirmed statistics on suicide deaths for 2009. In total 552 people died by suicide in Ireland, a record high number; 17 deaths were recorded in Mayo, and 60 in the wider Connacht region.
Paul Kelly Founder and CEO of Console stated: “When approached by members of the community here in Swinford, Console simply had to respond to their needs. When a family, community or workplace loses someone close due to suicide, it is crucial that they are afforded the right information, resources, support or, if needed, a professional counselling service. That is why we are here and we look forward to helping in so many different ways.”
Paul added: “We must say a heartfelt thank you to all the community here in Swinford, who have invited Console, supported us coming here, and extended such a warm welcome. Together, we hope to make a difference”.
Anyone interested in accessing Console Suicide Bereavement Counselling in Swinford can visit www.console.ie or contact Console on 01 610 2638.
Console (CHY15402 ) is an Irish charity founded in 2002, by Paul Kelly after he experienced the tragic loss of his young sister to suicide. Console is now a national suicide prevention and bereavement organisation.