Local chairty SOSAD, who helps those affected by suicide and depression says it needs more volunteer counsellors to deal with the large number of people who are seeking help.
SOSAD founder Peter Moroney says that the traditional fall-off of numbers of those who use their service during the summer has not happened this year and they currently have 130 clients attending on a weekly basis.
“Counselling is a crucial part of the way SOSAD works to help anyone affected by suicide or depression,” said Ciara Solan, team coordinator at SOSAD Dundalk.
“Every new client is psychologically assessed at the earliest opportunity. “As we approach the busiest time of the year we urgently need more volunteer counsellors to help us deal with an ever increasing number of new clients. “We are recruiting qualified and trainee counsellors working towards their accreditation and if you are interested in getting involved (or know someone who is) and are passionate about helping others, then please send us your details.”
CVs can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact SOSAD Dundalk on 042 9327311 for full details about the role.
“The role will provide lots of wonderful experience as well as personal benefits and all our volunteers are part of a wonderful team,” explained Ciara.
SOSAD has also signed a lease on a beautiful new office and counselling centre at 24 Jocelyn Street in Dundalk.
“This move should ensure that we continue to give the best possible care and attention to every caller and allow us to reach more and more of those that need our particular and professional help,” Ciara told the paper.
“The plan is to work very hard over the next few weeks to get the place up to standard and then make the move sometime before World Suicide Prevention Week in September.
“The move itself will be costly so are looking for pictures, plants and anything else that will make the whole place feel comfortable and welcoming so if you have something in good condition you don’t need any more just let us know.”