Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People

by Hope Trust
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Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People
Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People
Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People
GIVING TUESDAY IRELAND
GIVING TUESDAY IRELAND

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the part you played in supporting Hope Trust over the past two years.  Your generosity in giving through Global Giving has really helped our charity to continue to offer support to those in need within the community in Ireland, particularly in Athlone, Galway and Roscommon.

We would also like to wish you a joyous end of year season and that you and your loved ones remain safe and blessed over the Christmas period.  

We have been informed by Global Giving that they are extending a special day of giving on Tuesday 27th November, 2018, and that charities receiving donations on that day may be eligible to receive proportional funds to match your giving on that day.  What an amazing opportunity to see one's giving doubled and helping twice as much!

We are asking if you would consider donating again to Hope Trust through Global Giving?                   If your answer is yes, would you consider donating on the 27th November?                                      This may make Hope Trust eligible to receive increased donations.

Thanks for reading this and considering us.  Even if you dont feel able to support us at this time, we thank you for your previous giving and trust that you will receive all that you need at this time.

God bless you all!

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Hope Trust are continuing to counsel people in all age groups, including teenagers.  We plan to organise another support group to commence in November and are organising another vigil in support of families who have lost loved ones to suicide at the end of October.  Thank you to all those who have continued to support us, this has really been very encouraging and helpful in reaching more people in need.

We are delighted to discover that the suicide rate is reportedly decreasing in Ireland!

According to The Irish Central Statistical Office who have released their Vital Statistics Yearly Summary for 2017, which has revealed that there were 392 recorded suicides last year, down slightly from the 399 recorded in 2016.  Unfortunately there are still far too many people at risk of suicide through poor mental health though.

Unicef, the United Nations’ childrens’ arm, has released its latest report card on child well-being which shows that Ireland’s rate for teens losing their lives by suicide is above the international average. Apparently Ireland has the fourth highest rate of suicide amongst teenagers in the EU.

The report also shows a rise in the self-reporting of mental health issues among adolescents in Ireland – with 22.6% of children aged between 11 and 15 stating they had experienced two or more psychological symptoms more than once a week.

According to the Irish Examiner (31 May, 2018) “There is a new profile of women dying by suicide (early 20s to mid-30s),” which has increased the suicide rate to be on par with that of men in the city.Many women have “small primary school children, [aged] one-plus up to teenagers.” Usually, these women are either poor or have been in poverty, left school early, are homeless, or have had negative childhood experiences that, in some cases, led to drug and other forms of substance abuse.”

As you can see there is still a lot of support needed.  Please help us to help them.

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Croagh Patrick climbers
Croagh Patrick climbers

This past month of June has been a really active month for the charity.  Not only in the counselling being offered on an ongoing basis but there were three other significant events happening.

The first was the successful completion of a series of four workshops equipping people within the community to respond effectively to those struggling with life issues including suicide and self-harm.  The group attending were enthusiastic and will hopefully, be better informed when facing people struggling with issues in the future.

The second was the completion of a support group which was aimed at not only equipping future facilitators, but also giving them an experience of what the various exercises 'felt' like - thus giving a fuller knowledge of how future attendees may respond in a group.  We were delighted with the outcome and the level of involvement engaged in, and look forward to integrating new facilitators in future months.

The third was a support group of a completely different nature.  Local supporters of the Hope Trust charity, who believe in the work we are doing, and wanted to participate in sharing 'hope' with those who have lost it, organised a sponsored climb up the famous Croagh Patrick mountain in Mayo county, West Ireland.  The event was attended by around 30 ordinary folk of varying ages and degrees of fitness!  This included 6 family groups who spurred each other on to reach the top - all 2507 feet of it, along very rough and rocky terrain.

We felt really proud of them - from those who managed 50ft to the majority who reached the top - 

We as a charity are extremely grateful to all our donors - the work we do often necessitates a lot of privacy and as a result not a lot of public exposure.  To have people consistently offering support adds value to the work we are undertaking and is really encouraging.

Thank you to all our donors, we appreciate you all! 

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Hope Trust would like to thank GlobalGiving and all those who have supported our organisation over this past year.

Suicide continues to be an ongoing issue in Ireland with statistics that horrify most people in this country.  However the levels of stigma being experienced by families affected by the loss of loved ones to suicide continues and public ignorance over how to respond or react to those with mental health problems will take more time, education and understanding.  Hope Trust intended to run a group for individuals affected by the loss of loved ones to suicide, however this has been met with hesitation over who might be attending the group, how public their loss might become and whether they would become overwhelmed in front of strangers. 

We are not deterred however and will be running a confidential bereavement group instead where we hope to integrate those suffering all types of loss through death.  We hope that this approach may help in encouraging others to join future groups.

We have run three workshops and are due to run a fourth on suicide and self harm in June.  We have also produced a book now on this subject aimed at equipping people to be more relevant and helpful towards those who struggle with poor mental health. Hopefully this will assist in addressing the stigma suffering families experience and lead to understanding and empowering people to become more supportive.

Due to the help of your donations we have been able to increase our volunteer base and this has lead to an increase in counselling hours in both Galway and Roscommon.  Thank you so much for your encouragements and support - we could not have done all of this without your help.

God bless you all!

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We continue to meet new and old clients in Athlone and Galway.  Often the people we meet have survived abuse and are having difficulty in finding purpose in life and to move forward.  Others struggle with their day to day existence, uncertain of relationships or how to cope with difficult life incidents and want to escape or bring an end to the noise in their heads. They find it a solace to speak to someone who will not over react, or be afraid of their fears and who are committed to creating a safe space for them to talk through their irrational thinking patterns.

Hope Trust counsellors are trained to walk alongside those who are struggling.  They are also committed to praying for clients outside of their counselling time, or with them if they request it.  It is a consolation to know that God cares for those who are struggling.

During February we in Hope are creating a platform where people who want to join us in prayer for those who are either struggling with suicidal thinking, or have been affected by the loss of someone to suicide.  We will meet regularly on the Shannon Bridge in Athlone to pray and will welcome any who would like to join us.  Despite the fact that many are more informed in these days and that much has been done to address the stigma of suicide, the suicide rate in the Midlands of Ireland is still too high.    There are increasing numbers of young people who are self -harming as well. We are determined to work towards seeing that change.

  • We intend to run a closed support group for family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide from April in Athlone. 
  • We are also offering four separate one day workshops intended to help equip people to care for those struggling with suicidal thinking.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our charity - you are making a difference in the lives of people affected here in Ireland.

God bless you!

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Location: Athlone - Ireland
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Linda Rowett
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