Pieta House: A timeline of the suicide and self harm crisis centre’s history

Tara McHugh

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The Cathedral town of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal was confirmed as the newest location for a Pieta House in September 2016. Almost 9 months later, €200,000 has been raised by the people of Donegal to support the new suicide and self harm crisis centre. As a direct result, the new Pieta House will open its doors in Letterkenny on Monday, May 15th 2017.

Joan Freeman, Pieta House founder. Photo Credit - John Houghton (Flickr)
Joan Freeman, Pieta House founder. Photo Credit – John Houghton (Flickr)

The first Pieta House opened in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006. Since then, the charity has opened 10 suicide and self harm crisis centres throughout Ireland. Below is a short history of the progress and development of the suicide prevention charity, Pieta House.

The North West’s first Pieta House will be based in Grand Central, the same building as the Letterkenny Chamber. The new centre will initially open from Monday to Friday, providing crisis and prevention consoling services to the people of Donegal and surrounding areas. Those bereaved by suicide will also be able to avail of family bereavement services in Pieta House.

Funding to secure the service will continue into the future, as “it costs €800 for each person who goes through the Pieta House,” said Danny Devlin, Action for Hope. Upcoming fundraisers for Pieta House include their annual fundraiser, Darkness into Light. The 5km walk/run will take place on Saturday, May 6th. The Darkness into Light fundraiser will depart the Letterkenny Community Centre at 4.15am.

Pieta House annual fundraiser - Darkness into Light. Photo Credit - The Irish Labour Party (Flickr)
Pieta House annual fundraiser – Darkness into Light. Photo Credit – The Irish Labour Party (Flickr)

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Tara McHugh