Connect with us

News

Demand for Pieta services grow as lockdowns continue

Published

on

INCREASED DEMAND: Martin O'Sullivan, Centre Manager and Lead Therapist with Pieta in Tralee, says calls for help have increased as the lockdowns go on.

By Michelle Crean

 

As the country continues to get to grips with COVID, one Kerry charity has seen an exponential increase in its services - however, they too had to pivot their traditional face-to-face crisis service.

The first lockdown saw Pieta - which offers a one-to-one therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress, those who engage in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide - shift its client base to phone and video consultations overnight - the second lockdown brought an even bigger increase for help - but this tie around - lockdown three that has had the worst impact on peoples' mental health.

This week, Editor Michelle Crean spoke to Martin O'Sullivan, Centre Manager and Lead Therapist with Pieta based in Tralee about how it's impacting their services.

"Last March, pretty much overnight, straight away every client had to switch to phone and video therapy," Martin explained.

"80 percent of the work is phone and video consultations at the moment. There's a massive jump in the over 18s but also people in their 40s who are seeking help."

While phone and video is an option for clients, Martin said that the seven therapists at the centre in Tralee are available for in-person counselling face to face in a Covid-safe environment and that those who have an appointment can travel past their 5k if necessary.

"Kerry has always been a busy centre but it has increased: during the first lockdown it was up 20 percent on last year. The second lockdown demand for services was higher, and this third lockdown it's higher again. It's the first time in history so many things have shut down. At first it was a novelty being at home, the sun was shining and people had jobs to do. As it goes on all of a sudden people are finding themselves at home with the kids all day, people who were out of work in the beginning may still be out of work, kids are missing their friends and people are stuck in a bubble and miss connecting with theirs. Then there's the people who have the anxiety of catching COVID; there is a huge fear there especially the new second strand."

He added that Pieta is there to help, people just have to reach out and seek it.

There's a 24 hour helpline which can be accessed by calling 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444.

All services are provided free of charge and no referral is needed.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

Published

on

0239246_KSAI_Set_Dancing_for_Ukraine_1.jpg

By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

Continue Reading

News

Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

Published

on

0239153_38_MS_WalkA.JPG

By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

Attachments

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending