Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Finglas Suicide Network Walk of Hope

On Wednesday the 09th of October the Finglas Suicide Network held a “Walk of Hope” to raise awareness of the effects of suicide on our community. The walk was organised as part of Finglas wellness week. The organisers said that they wanted to get the “community to come together and try bring around the change which will see an end to the stigma of all mental health illness and suicide.”

The Walk started at St Canices Boys School in Finglas and proceeded up mellows road, around by Wellmount, down Farnham drive finishing at St. Helena’s House. It was attended by members of the community, young and old, those effected by suicide and those who attended up to show support.”

Fianna Fáil area rep for Finglas and Cabra David Costello said
“ it was fantastic to see members of the community get out and walk to raise awareness of death by suicide in our community, especially the young people. The Central Statistics Office says 507 people took their own lives in 2012, which is down slightly on 2011. In my opinion one death by suicide is too much. We need to see a co-ordinated approach within in our community and health services to deal with suicide.”

“A group of young girls from Erin isle under 16 Camogie team who are participating in O2 think big project took part in this years walk as part of their 3 month project. Think Big is a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong to enable young people to do projects in their community that make a difference to young peoples' mental health.”

“The current government are letting the young people of this country down by the continued cuts to Guidance councillor services in our schools. I have written to the Ministers of health, children and education to reverse this decision with immediate effect. I fell that young people should be given every opportunity to seek help in relation to metal health.”

“I would like to congratulate Cáit Ní Chonnacháin, Marie Whelan & the other volunteers of the Finglas suicide network for organising such a successful event. I hope it’s the first of many in the Finglas area.”

FSN background

In response to an increasing suicide rate in Finglas, the Finglas Suicide Network (FSN) was established by volunteers and local agencies form the community
In Partnership with other organisations, the FSN promotes a community led approach to suicide prevention, offering appropriate counselling from premises in Finglas, as well as working collaboratively with local organisations to raise awareness of suicide and promote suicide prevention activities, such as organisation of training and seminars.

From premises provided by Dublin City Council at 46-47 Mellowes Court Finglas the FSN with help from the Tolka Area Partnership (TAP), the Fingal Centre, the HSE, 

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