Committee members pictured at the relaunch of STOP Suicide Back row: Joe Dixon, Lillian Scanlon, PJ Leddy, Carmel Fallon, Gordon Rountree, Kathleen O'Hagan, Deirdre O'Hagan, Sean Fallon, Dermot Lahiff
Suicide prevention charity STOP Suicide was recently re-launched at a very well attended event in Manorhamilton Bee Park Community Centre.
The charity provides free counselling services in Donegal, Leitrim, West Fermanagh, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon and Cavan. Currently there are 26 counsellors with the charity.
Counsellor co-ordinator Dermott Lahiff said, "From our experience, for everyone person that dies by suicide, approximately 15 people within the community, family and friends are affected and some fear for their own safety.”
Many using the service are from the farming commuinty, he added.
Virtually all of STOP's funding comes from voluntary donations, with very little HSE or government aid. STOP's new chairman Tom Reilly, asked those organisations to "take a look at" providing more funding for the charity, as it costs €100,000 to run its services each year.
He thanked Sean and Carmel Fallon for the outstanding work they had done for STOP since its formation in 2004 and for keeping the organisation “on the road.”
Mr Reilly also asked the public to consider raising money for STOP so that it can continue its life saving work.
To avail of the service ring Freephone 1850-211-877 or 086-7772009 and, if you can't get through straightaway, a councillor should be in contact with you within 24 hours. The service also offers advice and support to anyone worried about someone else.