DURING December, the West Cork suicide prevention service Lisheens House received an average of two calls a day – including Christmas Day – from people who needed support.
Traditionally, this is the toughest time of year. It is tough for a variety of reasons: some people feel lonely, some people feel burdened by the responsibility they have for others; and some people simply dread New Year’s.
Noreen Murphy, who established Lisheens House, a suicide prevention service, said: ‘People who suffer with mental health issues are usually more prone to upheaval at this time of year and suffer from heightened anxiety.
Noreen said: ‘We here at Lisheens House would ask people not to suffer in silence. We would urge them to reach out and contact us because we can offer them help and support through the counsellors we have in every town in West Cork.’
Lisheens House is a registered charity that is in a position to offer free counselling to people thanks to the kind donations of others.