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Suicide patrol volunteers operating out of car boots

first_img Previous articlePhotos: After Dark at the Bell X1 gig at Lime Tree TheatreNext articleTour of visual arts in town – open weekend Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. John Costelloe, Sinn Féin. Photo: Cian ReinhardtVOLUNTEERS who respond to people contemplating suicide are operating out the back of their own cars, Limerick city councillors were told at their monthly meeting on Monday.Cllr John Costello (SF) had proposed that the council provide a base for the various suicide patrols who walk the banks of the River Shannon in every kind of weather.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Many years ago, I saw a young girl drown in the river and it has affected me ever since.“Limerick Suicide Watch has 67 members and they are hoping to recruit more. To say these people are the guardians of our riverbanks is an understatement”.The Sinn Féin councillor said that the lease on the premises that serves as the group’s base is about to expire and it was “incumbent on this council to provide a facility for this wonderful group”.City West councillor, James Collins (FF) said that there are a number of suicide patrol groups as well as a land search and recovery group.“They are all volunteers providing an invaluable service in their own time and at their own expense. I met one group and they operate out of the back of their cars.“They have no base, no place to store or dry equipment. Even if was a shared space, we should provide a facility for these groups.”City East councillor, Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) suggested a shared facility with St Michael’s Rowing Club at the former Cleeves factory site.“We are a university city and we have a lot of young students who have tragically taken their own lives,” he said.City North councillor, Frankie Daly (IND) suggested that “something as simple as a converted freight container could be a start and it could be used by all of the groups”.However, Solidarity councillor for City North, Mary Cahillane warned that any interim measure could become a permanent solution.“We have a suicide rate which is double the national average but when the volunteers talk someone down, they need somewhere to bring them.“Not only should the council provide a space but we should also look at providing a full-time counsellor”.Cllr Sean Lynch (FF) said there was nowhere for families to turn when there is a mental health crisis.“We need a centre of excellence here. The only such centre is in Dublin. We need a bigger conversation about this”.City North councillor, John Gilligan suggested that whichever company gets the contract for the planned building works along the river should be told that the provision of a centre for the services was a condition of the contract.Metropolitan Mayor Daniel Butler (FG) said it would be wrong to give the impression that there was nothing in Limerick for mental health.“There are many organisations such as My Mind, Blue Box and Pieta House. What we are talking about here are people in crisis. People are admitted to the psychiatric assessment unit at University Hospital Limerick and they can be there for a week without seeing a psychiatrist. Then they leave and it happens all over again,” he said. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Email Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow NewsCommunityPoliticsSuicide patrol volunteers operating out of car bootsBy Bernie English – February 22, 2019 1241 TAGSCommunityNewspolitics Facebooklast_img read more

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Binge drinking as teen can damage brain for life – Study

first_imgMailOnline 27 April 2015Binge drinking as a teenager causes long-lasting changes to the regions of the brain that control learning and memory.A new study has shown that alcohol exposure during adolescence, before the brain is fully developed, can result in abnormalities that have enduring, detrimental effects on a person’s behaviour.And scientists warn alcohol could also slow down emotional maturity.Dr Mary-Louise Risher, at Duke University, said: ‘In the eyes of the law, once people reach the age of 18, they are considered adult.‘But the brain continues to mature and refine all the way into the mid 20s.‘It’s important for young people to know that when they drink heavily during this period of development, there could be changes occurring that have a lasting impact on memory and other cognitive functions.’Researchers periodically exposed young rodents to a level of alcohol during adolescence that, in humans, would result in impairment, but not sedation.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3057670/Binge-drinking-teenager-damage-brain-LIFE-Alcohol-triggers-changes-regions-affecting-memory-learning.htmllast_img read more

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Advice on what to do if you witness a crime

first_imgDo you know what to do if you see a crime take place? Imagine you’re taking a walk in the park and you see a man running toward you with a purse in his hand and he’s being chased by an elderly woman. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane advises that if you witness a crime, first and foremost, do whatever is necessary to keep yourself out of harm’s way.Deputy Lane also says when it’s safe, if you see that someone is injured, offer first aid, as soon as you are able, call 9-1-1 to report the crime so that help will be on the way, don’t touch anything and don’t remove anything: you don’t want to contaminate the crime scene. Lastly, Deputy Lane stated to stay as calm as possible, notice what people look like, what they are wearing, distinguishing marks, make and models of vehicles, and get license plate numbers if at all possible. When help arrives, direct them to any injured parties. Tell them only what you know for sure, making sure you just give them the facts.last_img read more

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