Console, the national suicide prevention organisation, has urged anyone affected by cyber bullying to seek help from the organisation immediately.
The call comes in the wake of the tragic deaths of Erin Gallagher from Ballybofey, Co Donegal and Ciara Pugsley from Dromahair, Co Leitrim.
“Through our work we see how vulnerable communities as a whole are in the aftermath of such tragedies, and we want them to know we are there for them,” said Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly.
“We would like anyone affected by these tragedies, or who feels especially vulnerable, to get in touch with our 24-hour helpline on freephone 1800 201890 where they will receive professional and experienced support.
“Young people in particular can also text ‘help’ to 51444 for one to one support or contact us on www.console.ie.
“Bullying in general can take many forms, and we see the effects that this can have on young people on a daily basis.
“Too often the problem is that the young person tries to deal with the issue on their own rather than trying to get help and support from an organisation such as Console.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families involved and the communities as a whole, and we will do anything we can to help.”
Information on Console
Console, 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.
Free helpline number: 1800 201 890.