SOS of­fers sup­port­ers pro­gramme

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

PEO­PLE in Dublin and Wick­low who are supporting fam­ily, friends, neigh­bours, col­leagues or com­mu­nity mem­bers that are strug­gling with their men­tal health are be­ing of­fered a unique op­por­tu­nity to avail of a fully funded pro­gramme de­signed es­pe­cially for them.

Sui­cide or Sur­vive’s ‘Sup­port­ers Pro­gramme’ teaches sup­port­ers prac­ti­cal skills they can use to sup­port the peo­ple they care about.

It gives in­for­ma­tion on what sup­ports are avail­able and how they can be ac­cessed, and teaches prac­ti­cal ways of look­ing af­ter your own men­tal health while supporting some­one else.

There are a lim­ited num­ber of sub­sidised places on the up­com­ing 2.5 day pro­gramme start­ing at Stone­bridge Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity, Shankill, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 25, and then run­ning on Satur­day De­cem­ber 2, end­ing with a half day on De­cem­ber 9. The fee is €75 and cov­ers lunch, tea, cof­fee and ma­te­ri­als. Sui­cide or Sur­vive (SOS) is open to dis­cussing this if it is a prob­lem for any­one.

‘Sui­cide or Sur­vive recog­nises and un­der­stands that supporting some­one who is strug­gling with their men­tal health can be chal­leng­ing,’ said CEO and founder Caro­line McGuigan.

‘For this rea­son we have de­vel­oped this fan­tas­tic and in­no­va­tive pro­gramme for peo­ple supporting fam­ily mem­bers, friends, neigh­bours, work col­leagues, peo­ple in their com­mu­nity and oth­ers who are strug­gling with their men­tal health.

‘It is the first of its kind in Ire­land and we are thrilled to be bring­ing it to Shankill, where we have such fan­tas­tic part­ners and sup­port­ers.’

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.sui­cide­or­sur­ To ap­ply for a place on the pro­gramme, con­tact Jac­qui on jac­qui@ sui­cide­or­sur­ or 1890 577 577. The pro­gramme is open to any­one over the age of 18 years who is supporting some­one who is strug­gling with their men­tal health.

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