Video: Groups tackle suicide in Cookstown

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CHARITIES and publicly funded groups took over The Hub in Cookstown this week to spread the word on suicide.

And the message they had was clear: “As a community we have a responsibilty for our people and the people that we know - to make them feel a part of the wider picture.

Some of the members of the Cookstown Suicide Prevention Task Force in The Hub, Cookstown. INMM4113-179ar.

Some of the members of the Cookstown Suicide Prevention Task Force in The Hub, Cookstown. INMM4113-179ar.

“We have to make people believe, every individual, that we are all important and that everyone has a part to play.”

Speaking to members of the public on what they can do to help, a variety of groups including Lifeline, Beacon, Women’s Aid and Cookstown Leisure Centre were brought together by Denise Doherty, from Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network and founding member of The Hub, Carol Doey.

The Tuesday afternoon event, was a marked success with barely an empty seat in the house.

Carol Doey was first to speak.

She said: “I speak to women and men who tell me that they don’t feel important enough to be in this world.

“A lot of people in our area feel they don’t fit in and feel that they don’t belong anywhere.

“We want to enable people here in our community to feel that they belong somewhere and are an important part of the jigsaw.

“We have to make people believe, every individual, that we are all important, every individual has a part to play and that is what The Hub is here to do,” she added.

Speaking on behalf of the council, suicide prevention development officer Denise Doherty, had a similar message.

She said: “My overall aim is to increase community involvement in suicide prevention and promoting health and wellbeing.

“If we can strengthen the message of mental health and suicide prevention then we can strengthen the families and the individuals in the communities, and we would be so much more suicide aware to anybody who is vulnerable,” she said.

Grainne Harte, from Women’s Aid, who was also at the event to spread awareness of how they can help, told the MAIL: “We cooperate and work in partnership with other agencies and with the wider community with a vision to eradicate domestic violence.

“Mental health, self esteem and confidence are at a very low point if a woman has experienced domestic violence.

“We are here today to inform people that there is support available and it’s very accessible and to inform people of all the services that we provide.”

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues, there are many groups who can help.

Lifeline, Women’s Aid, Barnardos and Beacon are just some of them.

Even council facilities are getting on board.

Cookstown Leisure Centre are currently running an Evolve fitness programme, where you can be referred through your GP if they think exercise can help.

For more details go to www.cookstown.gov.uk