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Limerick Suicide Watch Launch in Limerick Strand Fri September 16

Limerick Suicide Watch Launch – Ann Coughlan, Officer, Ger McNamara, Chairman, Lucy O’Hara , PRO, Ger Meehan, Mike O’Meara, Vice-Chairman, Yvonne Cook, Treasurer, Terry Byrne, HR , Joan Forde, Officer. Picture: Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick

On Friday, September 16, Limerick Suicide Watch Launch happened in the Strand Hotel Limerick at 7pm.

Limerick Suicide Watch have 35 members in its organisation and are currently recruiting at the moment and are looking for any volunteers who are over 25 years of age to join their patrols. As Limerick Suicide Watch are aiming to go out and patrol 7 nights a week due to an increase in activity at the time.  The requirement at the moment is that there is a three month probation and at the end of the three months you will be informed in you are successful in joining Limerick Suicide Watch. You will be required to do a minimum of at least 3 nights per month with one of those being a Saturday.

The Limerick Suicide Watch Launch kicked off with some music by Retro Gospel Fusion. This was followed by speeches given by Fr. Laurence, Mayor Micheal Hourigan, Limerick Suicide Watch Ambassador Sinead Lynch, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Pat Irwin, Manager of the Strand Hotel, Sean Lally, Shannon Property Linda Moore, Ger Meehan and Chairman Ger McNamara.


Limerick Suicide Watch Launch

Members of the Limerick Suicide Watch at the Limerick Suicide Watch Launch in the Strand Hotel. Photo: Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick

Limerick Suicide Watch is a Limerick based suicide prevention group formed in 2016 that patrol between the four bridges in the Limerick City Area. The group’s main focus is to keep eyes on the river, identify and provide support to those in distress and maybe contemplating suicide.

The Limerick Suicide Watch patrols run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 1 am and Saturday from 12 until 4am depending on the activity at that tie. During the year, Limerick Suicide Watch is also out on patrol for other events for example Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Results, Bank Holidays, Christmas, New Year Period and other main events during the year.

When on patrol, volunteers are supplied with patrol gear, tee-shirts and fleeces. Training will be provided in Assistance, First Aid, Throw Bag and Safe Talk. Limerick Suicide Watch have a B.A., Dip. Psychotherapy; M.I.A.H.I.P. E.A.P. person as part of their backroom team with whom LSW would meet at least once a month. Team work is crucial to Limerick Suicide Watch and supporting all who volunteer for their organisation.

If you are interested in volunteering for Limerick Suicide Watch and are over 25 years of age click here.

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For more news on launches around Limerick from I Love Limerick click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.