Support at hand for those in distress

Support at hand for those in distress

Both the HSE and Insight Inishowen are offering help for anyone affected by this week's tragedy in Buncrana.

Insight Inishowen, a local community group promoting mental health, was formed in response to a number of suicides in Buncrana.

The group hosted a Drop-In Centre on Tuesday night at The Exchange in Buncrana.

A spokesperson said, “Feelings of grief, fear, anger, guilt and helplessness are all normal at times like these. Our bodies often react to stress too, and some may find that they have trouble sleeping or experience other physical symptoms.”

Insight Inishowen also offers a free / donation basis counselling service. For more information, ring 086 447 8402.

The HSE is also liaising with local services to support the Buncrana community at this time. Anyone who has been directly affected by this tragedy is advised to speak with their GP who will arrange onward referral to the appropriate service where relevant.

Additionally the HSE Psychology and Bereavement Counselling Services accept self referrals and may be contacted at Tel: 074910464. The Jigsaw Service provides services to any young person between 15 and 25 years and can be contacted at Tel: 0749726920.