Portlaoise Parish has dedicated next weekend as a suicide awareness weekend. It includes a new directory of local support services.


Support Services

source – www.portlaoiseparish.ie

Portlaoise Parish has dedicated the weekend of 24/25th October in the Parish as a suicide awareness weekend which will feature the publication of a directory of local support services.

Personnel from a large number of Support and Caring groups serving the Portlaoise area will display information in the Parish Centre over the weekend.

Josephine Rigney, of the HSE Suicide resource service, will speak at the 7.30pm (Saturday) and 12.30pm Masses.

The Parish Centre will be open after both those Masses. All are welcome to visit and acquaint themselves with the work of the various groups and all the helping hands that are available in the community

Live streaming from Portlaoise Church

It is possible to watch all church services from Portlaoise Parish Church – including the Masses mentioned above – live online.

Click on link below to view the live continous feed from the Church.

Portlaoise Church on-line


The purpose of the weekend is threefold:

  1. To heighten awareness that at any given time a number of people in our community are entertaining thoughts of Suicide.
  2. To reassure those who may be having suicidal thoughts, that they are not alone and there are people and organisations who can support them.
  3. To offer help and support to those bereaved by suicide

Need to Talk? helplines

Click on link for our listing of helplines – Need to Talk?

The Need to Talk? initiative, launched by the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin in November 2007, was prompted by our growing concern about the levels of self-destructive behaviour in Irish society.

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. This initiative is an expression of our care for the whole community, not limited to any particular group.