New pro­gramme pro­motes men­tal health

Bray People - - News -

WICK­LOW Men­tal Sup­port are back­ing a new pro­gramme pre­sent­ing peo­ple with pos­i­tive as­pects to their lives in or­der to pre­vent sui­cide.

Caro­line McGuigan is the CEO of the Eden Pro­gramme and was the re­cip­i­ent of the So­cial En­tre­pre­neur of the Year award last year. Sui­cide or Sur­vive (SOS) es­tab­lished the pro­gramme to pro­vide a safe space for those who have at­tempted sui­cide or had sui­ci­dal thoughts.

Weekly sup­port groups meet up over a six-month pe­riod where be­tween eight and 10 par­tic­i­pants be­come more aware of their own men­tal health states and can de­velop in­de­pen­dence in terms of con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Caro­line went through her own strug­gles in life, but turned things around when she re­alised how much her fam­ily and friends meant to her.

The pro­gramme helps par­tic­i­pants to make the right choices, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing times of emo­tional cri­sis, thus in­creas­ing sui­cide aware­ness and re­duc­ing the risk of par­tic­i­pants com­mit­ting sui­cide. For more on the Eden Pro­gramme con­tact Eileen/Kath­leen on (0402) 41487.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.