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Join the National Tea Break for mental health in Limerick this September

Actor Rory Cowan, of Mrs Brown’s Boys, chats to one of Ireland’s most famed listeners, RTE’s Joe Duffy, over a cup of tea at a ‘Communi’Tea’ event in The Liberties to launch Suicide or Survive’s (SOS), National Tea Break campaign. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Join the National Tea Break for mental health in Limerick this September

This September, Suicide or Survive (SOS), will once again host its National Tea Break campaign across Ireland. The Irish charity is dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with mental health across the country, through a range of innovative and life changing programmes that provide tips, tools and techniques to allow everyone to take ownership of their own mental health and wellness. 

Throughout September, Suicide or Survive is inviting people in Limerick and across the nation to start a conversation about mental health, and the easiest way to do this is over a cup of tea! The National Tea Break offers the perfect opportunity to gather friends, family, colleagues and the community together to host a Communi’Tea Break in Limerick, be it at work, in school, local community halls or sports centres, or at your own kitchen table.  As well as raising awareness about mental health, each tea break will raise much-needed funds which will assist Suicide or Survive in continuing its work and programmes. 

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Actor Rory Cowan, of Mrs Brown’s Boys pictured with members of Dublin Fire Brigade at a ‘Communi’Tea’ event in The Liberties to launch Suicide or Survive’s (SOS), National Tea Break campaign. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan.

World Suicide Prevention Day is on Sunday, 10th September, and many mental health charities mark this day through different initiatives. Rather than just focusing on one day in the year, SOS aims to make the whole month of September a time to talk about mental health, and so break the stigma which prevents people from seeking help. 

To take part in the National Tea Break, and host your own Communi’Tea Break in Limerick, simply register and download a pack here. Then all that’s left is to get the community together, pop on the kettle and get chatting. The National Tea Break pack includes everything needed to host a successful tea break.  All funds raised will be invested in bringing Suicide or Survives’ unique programmes and services to communities across the nation.

SOS was founded by Caroline McGuigan in 2003, born from her own personal experience of anxiety, depression and suicide attempt, and her road to recovery.

To find out more about Suicide or Survive and the upcoming National Tea Break, call 1890 577 577 to speak to an SOS representative.

For more information on Suicide or Survive click here

For more on charities in 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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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