Pieta House has officially opened its new centre on the 2nd Floor, Lismoyle House, on Merchants Road, Galway city to better meet the needs of Galway’s growing communities and to broaden the availability of its services. 

Pieta House Galway City began operating in January 2018, and now has eight therapists and five individual therapy rooms. The new location on Merchants Road is a short 4-5-minute walk from Eyre Square, which is well serviced by bus and train.

Pieta House’s new CEO, Elaine Austin, attended the opening alongside the Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Mike Cubbard, and Centre Manager, Marie Whyte.

Pieta-House Opening Galway
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Speaking at the official opening, Pieta House CEO, Elaine Austin, said; “It is important that our services are readily accessible, our move into the city centre ensures that we can offer support to all those seeking help in Galway City and surrounding areas. To date, 300 people have passed through our Galway services, receiving crisis intervention and bereavement services from our professionally qualified and accredited therapists. At its heart, Pieta is about working with people to lift levels of suicidal ideation, to help them bring hope back into their lives and to improve their levels of self-care, and to support people and families that have been impacted by the loss of a loved one by suicide, to provide care, compassion and to nourish hope. It is so important that our services are offered free of charge and referral can be through family, friends, GP or self. It is vital that services such as ours exist within our communities, that we make it easy for people to ask for and to get the help they need, to make a difference in their lives, to feel better.”

Over 85% of its income comes from fundraising events and donations. Pieta House’s 15 centres nationwide and three outreach services all rely heavily on fundraising and support. Darkness into Light, the main fundraising event of the year for Pieta House, was highly significant for the Galway region this year with over 10,500 people taking part in the global fight against suicide held on May 11th out of a total 200,000 people globally.

Pieta-House Opening Galway
Image: Andrew Downes

Commenting on its vital fundraising events and services, Galway Centre Manager, Marie Whyte said; “The services we provide at Pieta House are crucial in today’s society and it is of the utmost importance that we have the staff and facilities readily available to offer these services free of charge to all those seeking help. 1 in 7 adults have experienced mental health issues in the last 12 months and it costs approximately €1,000 to bring one person through our services each year so community fundraising is vital to sustain the level of care needed. Our relocation to the new city centre from Newcastle will ensure these services are more accessible to a wider range of people throughout the city and county.”

Since it was established in 2006 to provide free and accessible professional services to people who are in suicidal crisis or who are self-harming, Pieta House has worked with over 40,000 people, and has become one of Ireland’s leading charitable organisations.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr Mike Cubbard, added; “Pieta House has had a very positive effect on communities in Galway and the people of Galway have really embraced the positive affinity Pieta House brings and have supported the centre with numerous fundraising initiatives over the past year.

Pieta House, which started as a small, Dublin-based charity in 2006 with just one centre with four staff, has now expanded to 15 centres employing over 270 therapists and administrative staff nationwide. From day one, all of the services it provides have been offered completely free of charge.

For further information on Pieta House and its services, visit www.pieta.ie.

How to contact Pieta House:

To avail of Pieta House services, which are free of charge, please visit www.pieta.ie for all centre contact details. Pieta House provides 24/7 support – if you are suicidal, self-harming of bereaved you can contact Pieta House 24/7 via the Freephone helpline on 1800 247 247, you can also text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply)

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