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McDonald urges Harney to provide funding for suicide services in Clondalkin

8 October, 2007


Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has called on Health Minister Mary Harney to ensure that Pieta House, which offers a unique one-to-one counselling service to anyone at risk from suicide or self harm in Lucan in the Minister's constituency, receives the funding required to remain open this year.

"Pieta House in Lucan opened last year and offers a unique one-to-one counselling service to anyone at risk from suicide or self harm. It's a free service offered to anyone no matter what their income. However, funding for the service has been refused this year.

"From the year 2004 -- 2005 there were nine suicides in North Clondalkin. The community responded by forming the Community Action on Suicide group. The main focus of the group is to raise awareness of suicide. Leaflets and posters giving information on who to call and where to get the right kind of help have been displayed locally and the group hopes to deliver leaflets and postcards with phone numbers and contact information to every house in the community.

"I commend the Community Action on Suicide Group for their work in raising awareness of suicide and the group at Pieta House for the invaluable service they provide. I also want to commend John Quinn for the remarkable phone service he himself provides for callers feeling suicidal.

"I would urge the Minister to visit Pieta House, which is in her constituency, to see the excellent work that goes on there and to ensure that the service receives the funding it requires to remain open this year." ENDS

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