Support if you need it campaign launched by Connecting for Life Cork and Kerry
Connecting for Life Cork have launched a new campaign with the aim of spreading the message that Support is available over the Christmas period.
Connecting for Life Cork is the suicide and self-harm reduction plan for the county, which is led by the HSE/Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.
Connecting for Life Cork want to let people know that they understand Christmas is a difficult for many people.
The campaign highlights the following 24/7 support services:
- www.yourmentalhealth.iewhich is also available on 1800 111 888
- PietaHouse – 1800 247 247
- The Samaritans 116 123 or text ‘help’ to 087 2609090
- Childline 1800 666 666, or text ‘talk’ to 50101
- Text ‘hello’ to 50808
Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention in Cork Martin Ryan said:
“Preparations are well underway for Christmas in all parts of the city and county. This year more than ever, we are aware that this might be a challenging time and might bring up difficult emotions. We want to remind people that there is always someone available to talk to you and you don’t have to feel alone. The services we are highlighting are free, are open 24 hours a day all year around, and can either provide support, someone to talk to, or point you in the right direction.”
“Cork Kerry Community Healthcare will again be distributing posters and wallet cards with the support numbers, and they can also be downloaded from connectingforlifecork.ie.
“I’d urge everyone to keep note of these numbers, and ask for them to be displayed in homes, workplaces, retails outlets and wherever someone may see them. We never know when we or someone close to us may need them.”
“At this time of year, it’s also worth reminding ourselves of the things we can do to look after our own health and wellbeing, including eating well, taking some exercise and doing things with others – again, see yourmentalhealth.ie for more.”