The Irish Countrywoman’s Association (ICA) has announced plans to partner with Irish charity Suicide or Survive (SOS). The organisations will work together to raise awareness of mental health issues in Ireland and to educate all generations in matters related to mental health wellness.
Liz Wall, National President, ICA said: “As an organisation that is at the heart of Ireland’s communities, the ICA aims to support the issues facing those communities. Mental health is an important issue that unfortunately, in today’s society, still carries a high degree of stigma. We believe it is important to break down the stigma and we are delighted to work closely with SOS to make a difference to our society. We will be drawing on the full resources available to the ICA to achieve this goal”.
Over the coming months the ICA and SOS will collaborate on plans to mark World Suicide Prevention Day which takes place across the globe on Monday 10th September, 2012. Activities include plans for a nationwide “High Tea & Talk” campaign which will see members of the ICA host afternoon tea events to raise awareness of the issues and to raise funds that will go directly towards suicide prevention and mental health education. In addition, there will be a flagship event at An Grianán for women of influence. Full details of all events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Caroline McGuigan, CEO, SOS said: “At SOS we are working to build a society where people embrace their mental health wellness and those with difficulties are treated with dignity and respect, and experience a service that offers them hope, a safe place and a positive future. I am delighted to be collaborating with the ICA, an organisation that is part of the fabric of our communities, and I’m excited for the plans we have to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. I believe that together we can make a huge difference and can break down the stigma associated with mental health that exists in Ireland today.”