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O’Callaghan: ‘What people need in their darkest moments is connection’


THE founder of The Haven Hub in Limerick has praised the community of Ennis for coming together to shine a light on suicide prevention.
A new Haven Hub will be launched in the county capital following this Friday’s Light the Night event on the River Fergus.
The new crisis centre will give peer support to anybody that is struggling with low mood or at risk of harming themselves late at night.
Founder of The Haven Hub in Limerick Leona O’Callaghan explained, “Suicide has affected so many people in both Limerick and Clare. The most tragic part about that is how preventable suicide is.
“If experts alone could prevent suicide then we would not have an epidemic. In reality what people need in their darkest moments is connection, someone to hold hope for them when they have lost it for themselves. Someone to help them stay safe when they can no longer do that for themselves.
“We are delighted that Ennis Town will now have its own Haven Hub that will provide that compassion and support late at night which is the peak time for suicide,” said Ms O’Callaghan.
“The new team are some of the most awesome people I have met,” she added.
Tina Whelan who reached out to Leona for help in bringing the Haven Hub to Ennis said, “We will provide a compassionate, non-judgemental service where a person can come in to see us, have a cup of tea and a chat. All our volunteers will be trained in suicide prevention.”
This Friday the Clare Haven Hub will be launched following the Light the Night event which will see the lighting of lanterns (bio-degradable) to remember loved ones who have passed away.
They will be launched into the river at 7.30pm at Sandfield and will finish at Steele’s Rock. Clare Civil Defence and Ennis Sub Aqua Club will be on hand with safety equipment.
One volunteer that helps with the administration side in the Haven Hub stated, “The 8th of October celebrations is timed two days before World Mental Health Day.
“At the Light The Night event, we will remember them with messages of hope to whom we have lost and send them light and love.
“Later that evening, we will cut the ribbon at the new Ennis Haven Hub premises, and offer a message of hope to those that are still battling thoughts of suicide.
“Many of our volunteers have come out the other end of mental health difficulties and know that recovery is possible.
“The Haven Hub in Limerick has had over 240 interventions in the past 18 months, if our efforts help one person in Ennis it will all be worthwhile.”
The Haven Hub in Ennis will be based in the Clare Public Participation Building, at the back of the Adult Education Centre in the Clonroad Business Park, and will open its doors to service users on October 16.
Along with opening the crisis centre, The Haven Hub will also expand its services offering a number of wellness courses to the public.
These include Wellness Recovery, Mental Health First Aid Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Skills and Suicide Prevention Training.
For the Night The Light Event a lantern can be purchased in Coote’s Shop and Bakery on the Kilrush Road, or Sweet Dreams Café in the Friary Car Park for The Light The Night Event which will kick off at 7.30pm and can be viewed along the walls of the river in the Parnell Street and Abbey Street Car Park, Post Office Bridge, Rowan Tree Bridge and the Club Bridge and down by Steele’s Rock. All are welcome to attend.
To donate visit gofund.me/f4e14ae6. To volunteer with admin, fundraising, social media or peer support, click ‘volunteer with us’ on www.HavenHub.ie

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