Talk To Tom CEO & Founder Ray Cullen with Lisheens House Founder Noreen Murphy
A NEW Cork charity has opened its doors - basing itself entirely on the successful Talk To Tom's community based organisation.
The new offices of Lisheens House Suicide Prevention Centre were officially opened in Skibbereen.
Talk To Tom assisted the new group in it's setting up period.
The centre, which will house counselling, education, training and support services, is located in the former print room of The Southern Star offices.
With communication being key to good counselling, the building’s past, also being connected with communication, was mentioned by a number of speakers, including former Mountjoy governor John Lonergan, who opened the event.
Lisheens was co-founded by Bantry woman Noreen Murphy, who lost her own husband to suicide some years ago, and Mick Kearns from Dunmanway.
It is modelled on a similar service in Wexford – Talk to Tom – which was set up by Ray Cullen who also spoke at last Friday’s opening.
A number of other services across the country, using the same model of counselling through education and support, are currently being rolled out.
The service, which currently receives no government funding, was promised the full backing of West Cork’s three sitting TDs, who all attended the event.
‘I feel a bit of a fraud here,’ said FG TD Jim Daly, addressing the audience. ‘I was shocked to discover there was no funding given to this service.’
He added that he ‘sincerely hoped’ he would be able to secure funding for Lisheens, and that his Dail colleagues would join him in that endeavour. ‘We will be your voice in Dublin,’ he said.
He added that Skibbereen now had a ‘hat-trick’ of community-up achievements – from the Ludgate hub, to the Skibbereen rowers, to Lisheens House.
Lisheens House opening ceremony