Suicide prevention service Pieta House have officially opened a centre in Roscrea, to serve people from Laois, Offaly and north Tipperary.
Founder and CEO of Pieta House Joan Freeman launched the centre recently, and said she was thrilled to see the hard work of fundraisers come to fruition.
“Our committee in Roscrea saw what a huge problem suicide was in the area and they had the courage to look for help and invite Pieta House to open a centre. They deserve huge credit for all their efforts in turning invisible despair into visible hope,” she said.
The Roscrea centre opened this summer and provides free, professional therapeutic services for people in distress. Originally intended as a part-time outreach centre, demand has been very strong and the centre is now open six days a week.
Mountmellick’s Darkness Into Light committee chairperson John Nelson, welcomed the centre, which means help is now just forty minutes away from Portlaoise.
“It’s brilliant, we are delighted. I would encourage anyone who feels the need, to call them and get help,” he said.
The Mountmellick group have held their own DIL dawn walk for the past two years, raising €23,500 for Pieta House.
“I am sure some of that money would have been distributed to Roscrea,” said John.
The campaign to bring Pieta House to Roscrea was initiated two years ago by a local committee, supported by North Tipperary Partnership, the Lions Club and the HSE.
Committee member Mairead Ramsbottom said the suicide rate was particularly high in the midlands.
“It’s fantastic to now have Pieta House in our area. It’s a beacon of light. It’s brilliant for our young people that the service is right there if they need it. ” she said.
Pieta House Roscrea is located in Glebe View, Ballyhall and is open Monday to Saturday. To make an appointment, call 0505-22568. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge.