New support services available for people in Kildare affected by suicide

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New support services available for people in Kildare affected by suicide

A national charity that delivers innovative suicide prevention, mental health and wellness programmes in communities and workplaces is running a weekend workshop in Celbridge starting on May 12 next.

People in Kildare who are supporting family, friends, neighbours, colleagues or community members that are struggling with their mental health are being offered a unique opportunity to avail of a discounted programme designed especially for them. 

Suicide or Survive’ s ‘Supporters Programme’ teaches supporters practical skills they can use to support the people they care about. It gives information on what supports are available and how they can be accessed and teaches practical ways of looking after your own mental health while supporting someone else.

Thanks to recent national fundraising efforts there are a limited number of discounted places on the upcoming two and a half day programme starting on Saturday May 12 at The Acre in Celbridge.  The programme then continues on Saturday May 19 and finishes with a half day on Saturday May 26.

Places are being offered at €75 and this includes 2 facilitators on each day, all programme materials, tea, coffee and lunch. The organisers are happy to discuss a further discount if the cost is a challenge for anyone.

Organisers say they are happy to discuss a reduction in the fee if cost is a difficulty for participants.

The subsidised rate is made possible thanks to funding from the HSE's National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Iris O'Brien Foundation, and ongoing community fundraising efforts. 

“Suicide or Survive recognises and understands that supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health can be challenging. For this reason, we have developed this fantastic and innovative programme for people supporting family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, people in their community and others who are struggling with their mental health. It is the first of its kind in Ireland and we are thrilled to be offering it to people thanks to the support of our fantastic partners and supporters.” said Suicide or Survive Founder and CEO Caroline McGuigan.  

You can find out more at www.suicideorsurvive.ie. To apply for a place on the Supporters Programme please contact Catherine oncatherine@suicideorsurvive.ie or 1890577577. The programme is open to anyone over the age of 18 years who is supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health.