The Amazing Work of the Community Crisis Response Centre
By ilovelimerick correspondent Ciara Maria Hayes
The Community Crisis Response Centre is a team of volunteers who travel outdoors in search of suicidal individuals who may be in distress or in danger. They are open every day of the year and operate between the hours of 5 pm and 6 am. The Community Crisis Response Centre responds to calls from people who have spotted others in distress. They also respond to friends or family of an individual thinking about taking their own life, or people who have rung in on their own behalf.
All volunteers for the Community Crisis Response Centre are trained beforehand in correct suicide intervention skills, child protection policies, water safety, first aid, and other forms of care training. They respond to individuals in distress no matter where they are – it does not need to be in the individual’s home.
Not only do they respond to individuals in distress, but the Community Crisis Response Centre also carry out community patrols. This involves visiting multiple communities throughout the week to meet members, educate people on mental health and suicide and offer those who may be in need of someone the opportunity to talk and seek help.
The Community Crisis Response Centre also frequently holds fundraising events such as table quizzes, raffles and nature walks. Many of these events have raised over a thousand euro in funds. One in particular, a barn dance at the Thatch Bar in Askeaton, raised over five thousand. They’ve also featured in prominent press pieces in the Limerick Leader, the Irish Mirror, and more.
Their crisis line is open every night from 5 pm. If you know someone who is in distress, please call 085 1777.
If you would like to donate to the Community Crisis Centre, go here.
If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, go here.
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