Pieta throws open its doors to raise suicide awareness
Suicide and self-harm charity Pieta House is throwing open the doors of its centres around the country tomorrow ahead of Suicide Awareness Week.
"We want to show people that Pieta House is an accessible, comforting and compassionate place where everyone is treated with respect," said Joan Freeman, the organisation's chief executive.
"Seeking help is not something that anyone should be afraid of.
"With Suicide Awareness Week coming up, we're excited to welcome the local community into our centres, bring them beyond the hall door and help them learn more about the free service we provide."
"SIGNS of Suicide" is the Pieta House focus for the coming week.
Staff have planned an education campaign to help the public recognise the signs of suicidal behaviour and offer advice on what to do if a loved one is in crisis.
SIGNS stands for Sleep disturbance, Isolation, Giving away personal possessions, No interest in anything and Speaking of no future.
As part of the open day tomorrow, the public are invited to take tours of Pieta House's counselling rooms, meet therapists, ask questions about the services and have a cup of tea between 2pm and 4pm.
Pieta House, which opened in Dublin in 2006, has nine centres around the country including four in the capital at Lucan, Finglas, Ballyfermot and Tallaght. Other centres are in Limerick, Cork, Tuam, Roscrea and Castleisland.
The service has supported more than 14,000 to date, with almost 4,000 seeking help last year.
Suicide Awareness Week runs from next Monday to September 14. Contact details of the Pieta House centres can be found at www.pieta.ie