Inundated suicide charity appeals for larger premises

A NATIONWIDE organisation which tries to prevent suicide has become so inundated with work in Cork that it is being forced to seek a larger premises.

Console, founded in 2002, is appealing for landlords or developers with a vacant property to donate it rent free to the organisation.

Console founder Paul Kelly said its current premises at Perrott Avenue, off College Road, was too small to cater for its increasing demands.

It needs extra space, especially for one-to-one counselling and group therapy sessions.

“We are looking for a new premises because we have very limited space where we are. We want to expand our services to reach more and more people,” Mr Kelly said.

Approximately 70% of Console’s funding comes from voluntary donations and fundraisers. The remainder comes in the form of grants from the Health Service Executive and other state agencies.

Mr Kelly said that the organisation employs professional psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors and intended to recruit more to deal with demand in the Cork region.

Console also has offices in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Athlone, Kildare and Donegal.

The organisation runs a 24-hour helpline for people who are considering suicide, those already self-harming and for relatives grieving because of a suicide in their families.

“The helpline is manned by professionals all the time and we are currently dealing with around 3,000 calls every month.

“We are getting an unprecedented amount of calls from the Cork region by people wanting to access counsellors.”

It’s not just adults that Console works with.

He explained they also work with a number of children and adolescents. “We also receive lots of calls from the bereaved and those presenting with suicidal tendencies.

“We can see there are a lot of vacant properties in Cork. What we’re hoping for is that some generous developer or landlord will come forward and offer us a premises rent free.”

Mr Kelly said anybody who was willing to make such an offer can contact him at Console’s Dublin office at 01 6102638.

* Console’s 24-hour hotline is 1800 247100. www.console.ie.


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