The Need to Talk? initiative by the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin reflects a growing concern about the levels of self-destructive behaviour in Irish society.

The launch of this initiativetook place on Friday 23rd November in Newbridge. Speakers at the launch included Bishop Moriarty and broadcaster George Hook

Click on link for “Need to Talk?” Launch – Address by Bishop Moriarty

Background

The Need to Talk? initiative by the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin has been prompted by our growing concern about the levels of self-destructive behaviour in Irish society. This initiative is an expression of our care for the whole community, not limited to any particular group.

The diocese shares the concern, reflected in many studies, that all too often people experiencing a personal crisis do not avail of any professional help. There is a need both to provide information and to promote a culture of support around accessing appropriate services. Our message is that asking for help is a real strength.

“Need to Talk?” card – link to Helplines

In order to help people access appropriate services, from 24/25th November we are making a wallet-size information card available throughout the diocese. The card carries two helpline numbers (Samaritans and Aware) and the address of the diocesan website www.kandle.ie – where information on other support services will be available. The support services listed on the website covers areas such as mental health, addiction, financial advice, bereavement.

Click on link for our listing of helplines

Along with acting as a signpost for various support services, we also want to affirm that the Church is a source of on-going pastoral care. As a Christian community, we are called to reflect the healing and hope that the Lord offers to us, his gift of peace for a troubled world.

This is the theme of this years Christmas message from Bishop Moriarty, which will be part of 40,000 Christmas gift packs that will soon be available in all our churches for distribution to homes around the diocese and beyond. This pack will serve to alert people again about the Need to Talk? initiative.