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Haven Hub joint space – The board of the Haven Hub charity this week wrote to all Limerick councillors calling for a vacant building to be made available as a shared space for several patrol teams. 

Haven Hub call for joint space for Suicide Support and Prevention teams

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Leona O’Callaghan, Chair of the Haven Hub, who are asking for the use of a shared space.

The board of the Haven Hub charity this week wrote to all Limerick councillors appealing for their support in the call for a vacant building to be made available as a shared space for several Suicide Prevention and Search and Rescue teams, which all play a valuable role voluntarily in Limerick.


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The Haven Hub reached out to these teams to agree to make a joint application to share a space. The invitation was offered to Limerick Suicide Watch, Limerick Treaty Suicide Patrol and Limerick Land Search and Rescue amongst others. 

Limerick Land Search & Rescue has said it is a great idea, with Chairperson Calvin Prendergast saying, “We are willing and happy to work alongside any of the groups in the interest of the most vulnerable people in our city”.

As Limerick continues to have the highest Suicide Rate in the country, The Haven Hub Directors believe Limerick desperately needs voluntary organisations to have a collaborated approach in our fight against suicide. The Haven Hub provides a vital service for out of hours support to people in distress and are currently delivering our strategic plan also concentrating on prevention of a mental health crisis by facilitating community evidence-based wellness courses such as WRAP, mindfulness, Decider Skills, Walk & Talk daily groups, QPR Suicide Prevention delivery to GAA teams, community organisations and individuals along with the delivery of Mental Health First Aid. All of this is provided free of charge and makes support available to all in the community.

The goal of the Haven Hub is to have a crisis Café style set-up where people that are struggling late at night can come to get support from our suicide prevention and peer support trained volunteers. The Haven Hub currently rents a small room near the city centre. A café set up would encourage people to see it as the support they can use if it’s a chat they need even if not suicidal.

Leona O’Callaghan, Chair of the Haven Hub said, “Just the idea that organisations can all work together is challenging, however, what is clear is that there is a lack of statutory services across the country for those who need support. 

“There is a clear solution for Limerick, we need our Councillors to back the idea that we must be supported to ensure that the lives of everyone in Limerick are seen to be precious. Rooms in offices are great, but to have appropriate premises when there are so many buildings lying empty would be a longer-term solution for those who need support, but also for the organisations moving from pillar to post to keep their services available.”

Limerick Branch volunteer, John Nugent, added, “It would be amazing if all these organisations were under one roof working in tandem with each other. Bringing together the various skills, experience, and knowledge these groups have would make a huge difference to the mental health crisis that exists in our city. Lives would be saved, and untold suffering avoided. The vast skills and compassion the volunteers of each organisation have could be utilised to support people from crisis through to wellness and give hope to those who have lost hope”.

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