Pieta launch online counselling service amidst pandemic

The Pieta Crisis Helpline has answered over 10,000 calls directly relating to suicide, self-harm, and suicide bereavement since the beginning of March.

Due to increasing restrictions and the wave of isolation and loneliness that follows, Pieta House have launched a free video counselling service for anyone affected.

The service offers a free online session with specialist therapists for people unable to access their local Pieta House centre due to COVID-19.

Pieta House is a suicide prevention crisis and bereavement service with centres in 19 locations across Ireland.

Pieta Clinical Manager, Nora Conway says: “One of the key learnings from Covid is the need to expand our services and to offer a blended approach to our counselling. While the pandemic accelerated the need for virtual appointments, we also see this very much as a response to a growing demand in a world that is increasingly digital.”

In addition to online and over-the-phone services, Pieta House also have three ‘in-person’ counselling services and hope to expand this number over the next few weeks.

Pieta Ambassador, Louise Cooney said, “Most people who talk about suicide do not want to die, they simply want to stop the pain they feel – talking and therapy in all its forms is a vital part of this.’’

Pieta House provides 24/7 support – if you are suicidal, self-harming or bereaved you can access their services 24/7 via the Freephone crisis helpline on 1800 247 247, you can also text HELP to 51444.

Photo Credit: Sean Curtin, True Media.

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