The pain and trauma caused by suicide is something many families have to endure and one of the most commonly asked questions by those left behind is “was there more we could have done?” to help the suffering of their departed loved one.
The launch of the Mayo Be Well website, although not a crisis support service, aims to play an important role in helping those, who may be worried about themselves or others in relation to suicide, by providing advice on what to do and where to seek support.
A Mindful Moment: Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. This is one example of the many inspirational quotes and pictures to view on the new Mayo Be Well website.
The website was developed by the Mayo Suicide Prevention Alliance, a group which first formed in Mayo in 2009. The Alliance represents a coming together of many voluntary, community and statutory groups who have been involved in mental health promotion. and suicide prevention initiatives in Mayo.
By working in partnership, Mayo Suicide Prevention Alliance aims to highlight and promote the good work that continues across the Co Mayo. They identified developing a website is one of the ways in which to do this.
The Mayo Be Well sets out to achieve three things:
1. To continue to educate us all on the importance of looking after our mental health and well-being.
2. To provide useful information and resource material on commonly asked questions such as parenting, mental health issues, bereavement support and many other issues.
3. To describe and provide contact details for a range of support services in Mayo and beyond, including the Directory of Mental Health Support Services launched in September 2013.
Speaking on behalf of the Mayo Suicide Prevention Alliance, Mary O’Sullivan, HSE West, said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported us in the launch of this website. We want it to be of practical help and support to our viewers. We also want to make it easier for people to access commonly sought information by having it available on one website”.
Tommy Marren, Mid-West Radio, launched the official ‘Mayo Be Well’ website in Lough Lannagh Village, Castlebar. It was attended by over 40 groups and organisations working in areas of mental health and suicide prevention.
Members of the group include:
• Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Department, HSE West
• Rose Conway-Walsh, Erris Community Development Project
• Pippa Daniel, Mayo Travellers Support Group
• Dominic Fannon, Consultant Psychiatrist, HSE West
• Laurence Gaughan, Primary Care, HSE
• Jacinta Lavelle, Choose Life Reach Out & Mental Health Training Centre, HSE West
• PJ Murphy, Mayo Mental Health Association
• Liz McHale, Addiction Counsellor, HSE West & Choose Life Reach Out
• Pat McHale, Community & Integrated Development, Mayo County Council
• Maire Ni Dhomhnaill, Counsellor & Mayo Suicide Liaison Project, Family Centre, Castlebar
• Dolores O’Boyle, Employability Service Mayo & Choose Life Reach Out
• Mary O’Sullivan, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE West, (Chair)
• PJ Rainey, Director of Mental Health Nursing, HSE
• Breda Ruane, Youth Officer, Mayo/Sligo/Leitrim Education & Training Board
• James Ryan, Representing Families Bereaved by Suicide
• Elisha Sweeney, providing support for website development
• Marina Tuffy, a Psychotherapist, representing the LGBT Community