WATERFORD HAVEN HUB
ON AVERAGE, 1 PERSON WILL TAKE THEIR OWN LIFE EVERY DAY IN IRELAND.
THE PROJECT: WHAT WE DO
Waterford Haven Hub is an after hours support Centre for people that are struggling to cope or are at risk of suicide. In order to support people that are in distress after hours we have suicide prevention trained volunteers at hand to help a person at risk to come up with a safety plan to keep themselves safe until other longer term supports can be linked with.
For those that are struggling to cope we have volunteers that will sit and listen over a cup of tea giving peer to peer support. We have links and information with local support services that can benefit them in their recovery back to wellness. This may be support groups, low cost counselling services, addiction services, wellness courses and much more.
We provide a warm and safe place for river patrol teams that find a person at the river in distress. They can come with the person to continue supporting them in a safer, more private and warm setting, or the patrol teams can refer the person in distress to our volunteers so they themselves can continue their patrols.
For families whose loved ones are missing, we provide a safe place that is close to the city Centre where they can be supported while waiting on news. Families can often want to be close by to the river but not necessarily in the midst of the of the emergency services.
We have a follow-on service where we will keep contact with the person in distress until they link with the services that can best help them in their recovery.
THE HARD TRUTH
MEN ACCOUNT FOR 3 TIMES THE NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO DIE BY SUICIDE AND INTENTIONAL SELF HARM
ARE AGED BETWEEN 35 AND 44
UNDER THE AGE OF 25 DIED BY SUICIDE AND ITENTIONAL SELF HARM
Every suicide is a tragedy. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Burden of Disease study estimate that almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year. That’s one person every 40 seconds..
There were 421 deaths by suicide and intentional self-harm registered in Ireland in 2019 according to the Yearly Summary of Vital Statistics published by the Central Statistics Office.