‘Roscrea Stands Up’ is the name of the new group forged on Monday evening to tackle the growing problem of drug addiction, unemployment and suicide which have come to blight the town in recent years.
Organiser Derek Russell said the idea is to have about six working groups to tackle specific areas of concern. Some 500 people filled Coláiste Phobal’s gym hall, hearing from a variety of groups. Patricia Behan of the Cork Suicide Awareness Group said getting help was just the first step. “23% of suicides occur after people leave their friends alone, late at night.” A new programme for young people is being rolled out in secondary schools where young people can talk about their problems. Martina Leamy of Pieta House said they offer one-to-one counselling. (Tel: 0505-22568). Brenda O’Grady of ‘Recovery In a Safe Environment’ (RISE), said they focussed on the family members affected by the addiction of a loved one. (Tel: 01 764 5131). Dan Taylor said the the Novas Respite House, opened in Newport in 2009, cares for the families and loved ones of people with addiction. The house is a safe refuge for people struggling with substance misuse. (061 467481).
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star. pg 4