SOSAD Dundalk have successful public awareness campaign during World Suicide Prevention Week

Last week saw SOSAD Dundalk arrange a host of events in Dundalk for World Suicide Prevention Week.

Last week saw SOSAD Dundalk arrange a host of events in Dundalk for World Suicide Prevention Week.

The Remembrance Service got a great response from the public and had a huge turnout.

Attendees who were at the event spoke about how the service was a source of comfort to them for remembering their loved ones.

Fr Cusack and the Redemptorist Senior choir did an excellent service which was held in St Patricks Cathedral.

The information stands got a great response also and a lot of literature and public awareness was generated from the stands.

The POP - UP Art gallery which showcased local artists work had a lot of interest from the local community and the artists were able to sell some of their pieces.

Friday nights fashion show was a massive success and Ramona Guest did an excellent job on behalf of SOSAD and the Dundalk Football club.

A huge amount of public awareness was generated at this event also.

The ‘Beat on D Street’ open air concert had a steady flow of people through the Market Square all day and the local community really showed their generosity by buying merchandise and donating to the charity.

The concert’s acts included local artists such as Keenan Copas, Sinead Mc Nally, Backpages and The Long Riders.

SOSAD Dundalk would like to thank the local community for attending all the events throughout World Suicide Prevention Week and would also like to thank Prometric, Tony’s Parkstreet, Damien Murray, Ramona Guest, the artists, the bands, local businesses and the volunteers whom all gave their time and generosity to the campaign.

SOSAD feel that the public awareness campaign has been affective in that we have seen an increase in distress calls and enquiries go up by at least 20%.