Suicide prevention group calls for charity partners

A LOCAL suicide prevention group is seeking charity partners to hire five full-time counselors.

Dairy Farm-based West Wellbeing hosted a breakfast at Urban Fire on Friday, where local businesses heard about their vision for an expanded mental health service.

The charity hopes to raise £150,000 to help prevent suicides in the community. He’s asking 50 local businesses to pitch in for just £3,000 to make this vision a reality.

Seamus O’Prey of Ortus Group, who helped West Wellbeing secure their premises, said: “These guys have been in this business for a long time and they tell us some of the scary statistics about suicide in our community.

“It is absolutely crucial that we have these community mental health services in West Belfast, to complement and work alongside the other organizations that provide this type of service, but are likely to be overwhelmed.

“The fact that this has been so successful not only shows the need for services, but also a serious need for the government to invest heavily in mental health services, not just in West Belfast but across the North.”

SDLP representative Paul Doherty – who works in partnership with West Wellbeing on their food bank initiative, said: “What I’ve seen from our work together is that the fact that their work enables people to take a turn when it comes to their mental health.

“Every day they are changing lives here in West Belfast.

“They built this from the ground up and they are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to mental health in our communities.”

Mr Doherty encouraged businesses to support the West Wellbeing Call for Charity Partners.

“I’ve seen the impact they can have without funding – imagine what they can do with funding,” he said.

“As a community, we all need to support them in any way we can.”

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