At Pieta, we were delighted to host our first coffee morning in our Ballyfermot centre, held on April 20th. This event brought together our dedicated staff members and the local community, creating a unique opportunity to foster connections and express our gratitude to those who have supported us over the years.

The coffee morning was a chance for us to acknowledge two key milestones in Pieta’s history with the 12th anniversary of the opening of our Ballyfermot centre and the 30th anniversary of the decriminalisation of suicide.

The decriminalisation of suicide played a crucial role in the establishment of our organisation. Our mission is to provide compassionate care and support to individuals and families affected by suicide, and we have been doing so at our Ballyfermot centre for the past 12 years.

During this time, our centre has become a beacon of hope for those grappling with suicidal thoughts, self-harm, or the loss of a loved one to suicide. We offer a safe space for individuals to express their pain, receive empathetic care, and acquire valuable tools and strategies to navigate their personal challenges.

Our dedicated team at Pieta Ballyfermot, comprising six therapists and two administrative staff members, works tirelessly to support the most vulnerable members of our community. Some team members have been with us since the centre’s inception, while others joined us shortly after, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a sense of reliability that ensures a high standard of care for our clients.

In our Ballyfermot centre alone, we currently serve up to 88 clients per week, reflecting the impact and demand for our services within the community.

Over the past year, we have observed an increase in young people seeking our support, with over 36% of our clients under the age of 18. These courageous individuals often come to us overwhelmed by anxiety and hopelessness. At Pieta, we provide them with a safe and nurturing space to work through their emotions, ensuring continuous care from their initial contact until the completion of their therapeutic journey.

The Ballyfermot coffee morning was a reflection of the strong bond between Pieta and the community we serve. It provided an opportunity for our staff members, alongside renowned radio presenter Joe Duffy and our marketing team, to connect with community members and express our sincere gratitude for their unwavering support throughout the years. Together, we enjoyed a memorable event that celebrated our milestones, fostered community connections, and reinforced our commitment to supporting mental health and well-being.

As we move forward, Pieta remains dedicated to providing crucial services, raising awareness, and fostering open conversations about mental health within our community. We are immensely grateful for the support we receive and look forward to continuing our journey together towards a more caring and compassionate society.

If you or someone you know is in need of support, please reach out to Pieta or the appropriate mental health services in your area. Together, we can make a difference.

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