ONE of the suicide prevention groups patrolling the river bank in Limerick city has said that it ‘successfully intervened’ in two life threatening situations in the early hours of Sunday morning last.
Limerick Suicide Watch said it was thankful that a decision was taken to stay out later than usual last Saturday night, as the city was particularly busy due to the festive season and other major events taking place.
As a result of the decision, the team dealt with two interventions "within minutes of each other, with both resolved very successfully” it said.
The Suicide Watch helped a male and a female, both aged in their 20s, at an unspecified location along the River Shannon.
"Both members of the public were removed safely from the water's edge," said the group, who also thanked the gardai for the quick response to what could have been a much more different situation.
"Two more families have been spared the pain and devastation of losing a loved one to suicide. We wish both individuals well in their journey to getting well with their family's support. It is a very tough time of year for some people, so please be kind to each other and check up on someone who you think may be feeling low," the group advised.
Ger McNamara, chairman of Limerick Suicide Watch, which is based in the Tait Business Centre on Dominic Street, said the group was thankful that they have waiting lists to volunteer with Suicide Watch, which was only established in May.
It now counts some 50 volunteers, and patrols the river four nights a week. Patrols will be increased over Christmas and the New Year period.
It has up to 12 people patrolling the river on any given night.
"We are fortunate that in recent months we have been hearing the [search and rescue] helicopter a lot less frequently in the city. Christmas can be a hard time for so many people, but help is available. Talk to someone – a friend, a family member, a neighbour, Pieta House or the Samaritans," he advised.
If you need to talk to someone, or have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please contact the Samaritans on the helpline at 116-123, or Pieta House on 1800-247247.