Hats off to Jean and her charity work
ENNISKERRY milliner Jean Condron has designed a series of snowdrop-inspired hats in support of Console Snowdrop Day.
‘The effects of suicide on a family are so devastating,’ said Jean. ‘Unfortunately I know some people who have been so affected. I chose Console as I think it’s a very good charity.’
Console is a charitable organisation that provides support for people bereaved by suicide. The four ‘Hats by Jean,’ designs are estimated to be worth around € 2,000 but expected to fetch far more than that at auction.
The National Snowdrop Campaign aimed at alleviating the tragic effects of suicide launches nationwide today and members of the public are asked to buy a snowdrop pin either on the streets or in Dunnes or M&S for €3 until the end of April.
Console’s Snowdrop Campaign is vital to raise funds to provide the very specific type of suicide bereavement counseling services that are unique to this form of bereavement.
‘The turmoil that can result from major financial distress, loss of jobs, loss of homes and resulting relationship break-ups can leave people in a desperate emotional state. People who have lost someone to suicide are at greater risk of taking their own lives,’ said Console’s founder Paul Kelly, who said that calls to the helpline have increase.
Console currently does not have the funding to run its helpline on a 24-hour basis and are particularly concerned that people can’t reach them when they may be in crisis.
‘We can’t keep missing critical calls,’ said Paul. ‘The helpline is not a luxury – it’s a basic necessity without which lives could be lost.’
People bereaved by suicide can contact Console’s Helpline on 1800 201 890 or visit the Console website on www.console.ie. For people in crisis, the Samaritans have a 24hour helpline on (1850) 609 090.