More than 750 people have received suicide prevention therapy at Pieta’s Letterkenny office over the past two years, the Democrat can reveal.
The service is also hiring a psychotherapist and an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist for the center, as demand for its services continues to grow.
This is partly due to the continued success of the Darkness Into Light fundraising walks and the money raised as a result. No figures are available as to how much has been collected in Donegal.
All services provided by Pieta are free and no medical referral is required. Their staff is fully qualified and offers professional and individual therapeutic service to people who self-harm, who have suicidal thoughts or who have been bereaved by suicide.
The majority of her income comes from fundraising and donations, and Pieta could not do her rescue work without the help of her volunteers, supporters and friends.
Pieta Marketing Director Padraig O’Neill says that this year almost €4 million has been raised so far thanks to generous public support for Darkness Into Light.
“It is not possible to provide precise figures county by county as many people choose to donate online and only provide email addresses. In accordance with the GDPR, we do not ask for mailing addresses unless necessary,” he explained.
“Funds raised are distributed across our centers in Ireland as needed and used to ensure that our 24/7 phone and text lines are staffed with trained professional therapists available to anyone who needs them. .”
He added that their annual report contains more information about the funds raised in previous Darkness Into Light marches and how those funds were invested.
“In terms of our Donegal service, we currently employ seven people at the Letterkenny center and are hiring a psychotherapist and an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist for the center as demand for our services continues to grow.
“Over the past two years, Pieta Letterkenny has provided therapy to 752 people, reflecting the significant demand for our suicide prevention services. These figures, by the way, do not include the many people in Donegal who call our national helpline looking for support.
“Additionally, in response to the pandemic, we have launched our video therapy service for people who cannot make it to an appointment and/or who are uncomfortable attending face-to-face counseling. “said Mr. O’Neill.
He added that if people are having suicidal thoughts, have been bereaved by suicide or are self-harming they can contact Pieta’s treatment information line on 0818 111 126 to make an appointment at their Letterkenny centre.
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