Above: Mick Kearns and Noreen Murphy, who run Lisheen House.
Lisheens House West Cork Suicide Prevention Service is opening a free counselling centre on Main Street in Skibbereen this month. Spearheaded by Bantry woman Noreen Murphy, who lost her husband to suicide, the West Cork charity helps people suffering from depression and offers a safe haven for anyone in crisis.
The aim of the drop-in centre is to provide accessible counselling six days a week to people from all over West Cork. Located next door to Pierce Hickey’s newsagents, the front of the premises will house a charity shop selling items in aid of Lisheen House and the back room space will be used for counselling sessions or to facilitate talks and support groups.
Lisheens House will continue to operate the 023 8888888 helpline, which offers free counselling throughout all of West Cork.
Noreen has been fundraising incessantly prior to the opening of the centre and is delighted with the support being shown in West Cork and even further afield in Cork City.
“We rely on the generosity of people and it’s heartwarming to see how well the charity is being supported,” she says. “The amount of people whose family has been affected by suicide is unbelievable. People want and need this service.”
Lisheens House is totally reliant on ongoing fundraising and donations to finance the service.
The helpline number 023 8888888 has been extremely busy since its launch. “Noone is turned away,” says Noreen. “We have offered support to parents and we have arranged transport for people to access counselling services.”
Noreen is appealing to any individuals or groups who would be interested in organising fundraising activities to contact the charity.
Volunteers are also needed for the new charity shop and donations of items such as books, clothes, toys and furniture (anything in good and saleable condition) are required.
Donations of items can be dropped at the new location at Main Street, Skibbereen, or email lisheenshouse@ gmail.com, or call 086 1721269.