Big increase in numbers attending Pieta House in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

THERE has been a 40% increase in the number of people attending the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House, in the first six months of this year.

THERE has been a 40% increase in the number of people attending the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House, in the first six months of this year.

Pieta House is now asking people to reach out within their communities and organise a fundraising event during Suicide Awareness Week, which runs until Monday next, September 17.

A total of 33 people took their own lives in Limerick last year, according to official figures, but the real number is expected to be much higher, due to the number of suicides which go unrecorded.

Pieta House provides its services free of charge and, as 80% of its funding comes from public donations, fundraising events are vital to ensure that the organisation can cope with the increasing numbers seeking help.

“We’re hoping that the fundraising events taking place around the country during Suicide Awareness Week will help increase public awareness of the unique service we provide,” said Joan Freeman, CEO and founder of Pieta House.

Fundraising packs are available at http://www.pieta.ie/Pieta-House-Events-and-volunteering.html. For further information call (061) 484444.

The IINM Suicide Prevention is looking for volunteers for a bag-pack in Tesco Arthur’s Quay on Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15 from 10.30am-6pm. If you have an hour to spare contact Anne Marie on 087-3669547 or email irishinstitute@iinm.ie