Over 250 people packed the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk on Saturday night last to enjoy the remarkable talents of musicians and artists, all in aid of suicide prevention. The concert which was aptly named as “Duhallows Finest”displayed a variety of local talent from the Duhallow region, all in aid of Diadhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland, who provide an invaluable suicide prevention service to the area.
Diadhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland offers a free professional psychotherapeutic service to adults in North Cork who may be contemplating or have previously attempted suicide. Qualified psychotherapists offer clinical psychotherapeutic one to one support to clients at a central location which gives the client the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence about their current thoughts and feelings and to share and learn about their situation and its dangers. This level of support allows the client with access to their dedicated psychotherapist for a 12 week period by the way of a face to face meeting on a weekly basis and direct contact by phone on a 24/7 basis if required.
Reacting to the concerts success, Chairperson of Diadhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea said “We are thrilled that so many people supported us in this latest fundraiser. The musical talent is second to none in Duhallow and on behalf of Dia Dhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland, I want to thank each and everyone of the artists for giving up their time for us, all on a voluntary basis. I also want to pay a special tribute to the stage crew, both front and back of house that also contributed their services voluntary and made the concert a tremendous success. We raised in excess of €3,000 on the night and this money will go directly to fund our psychotherapeutic service”.
Diadhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland is a voluntary initiative and is a clinical therapeutic first response to clients with suicidal tendencies. The group which is the first of its kind in the country accepts referrals via GPs, Consultant Psychiatrists and other health professionals, thus placing Diadhuit right where it will be most effective, on the front line of service delivery. Diadhuit Suicide Prevention Ireland is governed by a voluntary board which includes a GP, solicitor, public representatives, local business people and volunteers.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “This funding now allow us to provide our clients who may have active thoughts of suicide a safe and confidential place for them to share and learn about their illness. Our role is to provide clients with the insight into the causes of their illness and to explore valid options and how they can deal with these thoughts. Helping clients to be aware of the devastating impact that suicide would have upon their family, friends and wider community is also a key component of our intervention and our professionals would ensure to identify and liaise with existing supports in the community and work in partnership with the medical profession and/or other support services in order to maintain a level of support to our clients into the future”.