The club’s suicide awareness programme is managed by an assigned Lion with a small committee in support.
The club members like everybody else, are appalled at the number of suicides occuring in our communities, particularly amongst the young. We feel it incumbent as an organisation whose motto is “We Serve” to do something about the suffering felt by the victims and their families and friends.
Lions Clubs launched a major national Bullying Information Campaign at Leinster House on Wednesday 18th February 2015.
Specially commissioned information leaflets on bullying and cyber-bulling are being distributed to all houses with school-going children of vulnerable age by Lions Clubs throughout the country.
Lions work with School Managers and Principals to effectively distribute the leaflets, 42,000 of which have already been distributed by 28 Lions Clubs during the pilot stage of the project.
‘School Principals have been very positive about the initiative and have given the project their full support’, says Pat Connolly, Lions District Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying Officer. ‘The leaflet contains vital information for parents including advice on identifying bullying problems, dealing effectively with a bullying issue and information on public policy in relation to bullying. A special section deals with the critical issue of cyber-bullying’. He also acknowledged the input of retired teacher Sean Fallon of the Anti-Bullying Campaign and a psychologist in the compilation of the text.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign Senator Lorraine Higgins said:
‘This leaflet is a must-read for those concerned about childhood and teen bullying but it is of particular use to parents. The leaflet outlines how to spot the signs of bullying and how to tackle the problem. In addition, it provides a wealth of details on the supports available’
Lions District Governor Pat O’Brien has also welcomed the campaign. ‘Bullying, and particularly cyber-bullying has become a major issue in our society and many parents are unaware of how to recognise bullying and how to respond. This Lions campaign is designed to provide all parents with the information they need’, he said.
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The Galway Lions Club, in partnership with the HSE, supports the delivery of SafeTALK, a three-hour training programme that helps participants to become alert to persons with suicidal thoughts. It also helps participants to gain a clear understanding of what steps they should take in order to help individuals with these thoughts.
People at risk are more likely to get life-saving help when they need it most, if more people in their community have safeTALK suicide alertness skills.
This training is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age, who has not been affected by a recent loss, who wants to help prevent suicide in their community.
We have invited people from all walks of life to attend our next safeTALK training, including taxi drivers, hairdressers, security door staff, accountants, solicitors, financial sector employees, bar / restaurant staff, school staff, parent committees and all sports clubs.
Training is currently suspended due to Covid -19. If someone you know is in crisis and in need of someone to talk to, your first point of contact is your GP or Westdoc 185036500(evenings or night-time.) Alternatively contact the emergency services 999 or 112, the Emergency Department in University College Hospital Galway, the Samaritans 24 hour Freephone listening service on on 116 123 or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie for information on mental health supports and services.