PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland

Dear All,

Would it be possible for you to display the following information within your club and try to generate support for Suicide Prevention within your community by participating in this year’s Belfast City Marathon? Would you be interested in putting forward a team from your club to participate and raise vital funds for PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland. PIPS currently receive no form of government funding and therefore rely heavily on donations in order to provide free counselling services, drug and alcohol counselling, complimentary therapies, debt and benefit advice, acupuncture and also a unique care team service which will see those in suicidal crisis immediately and provide support for their family.

Unfortunately suicide is far too common in our society and has a devastating impact on family members, friends and the wider community who are left asking ‘why?’ We all know someone who has died by suicide or been directly affected by the death of a loved one. A recent report published by the Institute of Public Health shows that 2010 saw the highest number of recorded suicides in Northern Ireland. In total 313 deaths were registered as suicides, 240 males and 73 females. This figure is staggering and alarmingly high. PIPS believe that prevention through education is a key way to help reduce suicide rates and bring the statistics down.

We also provide training which you may be interested in availing of for your club members, there is funding available that can be accessed in order to carry out this training. As you are a gateway to young people throughout the community this would be a vital opportunity for you to spot the signs of someone who is in distress and signpost these people to the appropriate organisation for support.

Should you require any further information on our training or your club members would like to support suicide within your community by taking part in this year’s marathon please do not hesitate to contact PIPS on 02890805850.

Kind regards

Danielle O’Neill

Events and Programmes Officer

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