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Published on December 13th, 2016 | by admin

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Suicide Prevention and Postvention Conference

Members of staff and the PLC  Social Studies  class attended the Suicide Prevention and Postvention Conference in Trinity Arts Centre on December 6th last.

Sinead Raftery,  a past pupil of Castlerea Community School, organised this full-day conference. Sinead is an accredited psychotherapist and now works as a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer. Sinead works closely with individuals, families and communities bereaved by suicide.

The day was very informative and touched on a broad range of issues. Speakers included   Mr. Gerry Ralleigh, Director National  Office for Suicide Prevention,  Dr. John Connolly, Psychistrist  and Dr. Paul Gaffney, Psychologist.  Ms.  Marian Keigher and Ms Maura Callaghan spoke about the very important work done in Vita House, Roscommon  and in Boyle Family Resource Centre.  Mr Joe Dixon spoke candidly about his personal experiences  and touched the hearts of all present.

The day concluded with the launch of a Family Resources Support Pack.

Mary Colleary (Chaplain), Ann Marie Quinn (Counsellor), Sinead Raftery (Liaision Officer), Mary McGrath (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention), Margaret Larkin (Tutor), Zoe Kerrane, Laura Routeledge, Aoife Smyth, Erin Kelly (PLC students) and Eileen Ryan (Principal)


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