The centre, which opened earlier this summer, provides a free, professional therapeutic service for people in distress. Originally intended as a part-time outreach centre, demand has been very strong and the centre is now open six days a week.
The campaign to bring Pieta House to Roscrea was initiated two years ago by a committee, led by Paul McNamara, who recognised the need for a suicide support service in the region. The committee led a successful fundraising campaign with the support of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, the Lions Club and the HSE.
“I’m thrilled to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition today as we launch Pieta House Roscrea,” said Joan Freeman at the launch in the Abbey Hall. “Our committee in Roscrea saw what a huge problem suicide was in the area and they had the courage to look for help and invite Pieta House to open a centre here. They deserve huge credit for all their efforts in turning invisible despair into visible hope,” she said.
The launch was attended by Pieta House staff from Dublin, Limerick and Roscrea, members of the Pieta House Roscrea committee, the Roscrea Lions Club, the North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and Cllr. Michael Smith who has had been a strong supporter of the service.
“The suicide rate in North Tipperary, Offaly and Laois has always been very high so it’s fantastic to now have Pieta House in our town,” said Mairead Ramsbottom from the Pieta House Roscrea committee. “It’s a beacon of light in the area and it has already become such an important part of Roscrea,” she said.
Pieta House Roscrea is located in Glebe View, Ballyhall and is open Monday to Saturday. To make an appointment for yourself or for someone else, call 0505-22568.