Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation announces first partnership in Northern Ireland with PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland
The Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation has today announced it will provide €15,000 to PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland for a new specialist service for children at risk of suicide in Northern Ireland. The aim of the project is to help children who self-harm, are suffering from suicidal ideation, anxiety or depression to cope with emotional distress and learn self-care strategies. The project will commence in April 2021.
Despite seeing increasing numbers of children, PIPS does not currently provide a specialist service for children. This programme will help children at risk of suicide develop coping mechanisms and offer a safe space to support their mental wellbeing.
Speaking about the announcement Renée Quinn, Executive Director of PIPS: “We have seen an increase in children using our service this year and despite this we have continued to provide support to them throughout lockdown. We are so grateful to the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation for this support because it will enable us to provide over 900 talking therapies, art therapy and complimentary therapies which are child centred. Ultimately it will prevent the loss of young people’s lives.”
Lorna Byrne, Our Founder said “I have met so many people whose lives have been devastated by suicide and it is heart breaking. Normally at this time of year I travel to Belfast to speak. At every single one of those events over the last number of years the topic of suicide in Northern Ireland has been raised by family members, community leaders and even by people contemplating taking their own life by suicide. I pray for a day when no one’s life is touched by suicide, but until that time comes we need important services like this.
It gives me such hope and delight, on a day when I would normally be in Northern Ireland in person, to announce this lifesaving work with PIPS. I know this will help so many children when they need it most”.
The funding from the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation will support all children who use PIPS service, either through walk in’s or referral from other agencies, with their emotional and behavioural issues. Activities will be provided through a 12-week programme which will be child centred and bespoke to their needs.
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