Pieta House

  • Pieta says all of its therapy centres will remain open, following a financial review.

    The charity says it will be employing additional therapists, and redeploying admin staff who had been at risk of redundancy.

    The national suicide and self-harm prevention charity says its 15 centres plus four outreach centres will not be downgraded or closed.

    It says the postponement of its flagship fundraiser Darkness into Light left it with a very significant funding gap.

    However a public fundraising initiative, together with the Government wage subsidy scheme, increased support from the HSE and a 30 per cent pay cut for staff from April to June means that Pieta is in an improved financial position. 

  • Belmullet GAA have has raised over €12,000 for Pieta House in their 24 hour Wall Ball Kickathon.

    The event was the brainchild of 21 year old Aaron Carey where members of the team played wall ball constantly for 24 hours from sunrise on Friday until sunrise yesterday morning.

    Aaron told Midwest Sport today that in these tough times people are still very generous.

    The Go Fund me page will remain open until this evening with the current combined amount raised at 12,200.

  • Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and people are encouraged to light a candle near a window in their home at 8pm this evening, in memory of those lost to suicide.

    Pieta House says the "Light A Candle campaign" is a symbol of support for suicide prevention, as suicide impacts on all communities - from rural towns and villages to major cities.

    Pieta House runs a number of services nationwide to support people and communities in crisis, including free counselling services for those at risk of self-harm and for those bereaved by suicide.

    Pieta now has 15 centres and 3 outreach services across the country and operates a 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247.




  • More than six million euro has been raised for Pieta House through its Darkness Into Light fundraiser.

    Over 140,000 people across the world took part in the annual event today.

    People walked, ran, cycled and swam despite wind and rain in many parts of the country.

    The support of those who signed up or donated means that Pieta's free crisis helpline will provide 3,500 people 8 hours of free counselling.

    Pieta employs over 200 qualified therapists, and their services are free to anyone who needs them.

    More than 22,800 calls and texts were placed to Pieta's free crisis line so far this year.

    Pieta House's helpline can be reached at 1800 247 247 while you can also text HELP to 51444 to reach a counsellor.

  • Calls are being made to ensure that Pieta House in Tuam is retained as a fully operative centre, and not downgraded.

    Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Sean Canney says the executive of Pieta House is proposing to downgrade 9 of its existing 15 centres to hub status, as part of cust-cutting measures.

    While the centres involved have not been named, Minister Canney is calling for Pieta House in Tuam, which provides services to people across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon - to be retained at its current level of operation, providing free therapy for those at risk of self-harm and suicide, and those bereaved as a result of suicide.

    The centre in Tuam opened in December 2013, after communities across the West got involved in fundraising efforts, and has assisted more than 1800 people since then.

    Minister Canney says Pieta House in Tuam is accessible from across the region and provides an important service, and he's calling for the centre to be fully retained.....

  • Pieta House is launching an outreach service in Ballina.

    The suicide and self harm support charity has been operational in Ballina since February.

    The charity says they are delighted to be able to respond to the need for an outreach service in County Mayo.

    The service initially started one day a week but has now increased to a two-day-per-week service following demand.

    The launch will take place in the Ballina Manor Hotel on Monday August 26th at 7.30pm.

  • Tens of thousands people have taken part in this years Darkness into Light for Pieta House.

    Events were held nationwide from quarter-past-four this morning to help to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

    The pre-dawn walks got underway at 4.15am at 9 locations across Co Mayo - in Achill, Ballina, Castlebar, Clare Island, Claremorris, Belmullet, Inisturk, Swinford and Westport.

    Four walks took place in Co Roscommon - in Ballaghadereen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon Town, with four also in Sligo - in Ballymote, Banada, Dromore West and Sligo Town, and walks were held at 18 locations across Co Galway.