15 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters) suicide prevention and bereavement service would like to inform all of their clients and the public at large that their 24-hour support line is still operational.

The office based in Carrickmacross is temporarily closed but there is someone always at the end of the phone.

The service has a new website and the email: is still monitored during the day, but in case of emergencies always use the phone numbers listed below.

Denise Marron, Co-ordinator of SOSAD Carrickmacross said that since the COVID-19 crisis began, the service had experienced roughly a 20% increase in call volume and that volunteers were gearing up for this to increase further in the coming weeks.

She felt that it was important for people to reach out if the needed to, as everyone’s health and wellbeing is important. She also pointed out that SOSAD was not exclusively for crisis situations, adding that it was natural for people to be feeling anxious and worried at this time of unprecedented change.

She commended the local authority for having set up a helpline, adding that everyone in the community was rallying together to help each other. She commended all of the various organisations who were offering help free of charge too and encouraged people to avail of exercise and education programmes at this time, as many services had waived their fees for the short-term. It is also good for physical and mental health to get out for a walk, which was still allowed despite the COVID-19 containment measures, Denise added.

In encouraging anyone who felt the need to call SOSAD’s support line, Denise praised and thanked the voluntary counsellors engaged with the service who were adapting to working online and providing telephone counselling, these had also engaged in extra training to adapt the way they work. Denise commented that she was immensely proud of them all. She also saluted the commitment of support workers and all volunteers who dedicated their time to the service all year round.
There are also regional services operating in Drogheda, Dundalk, Cavan and Navan. Should you require SOSAD’s assistance don’t hesitate to call the 24-hour support line 042-9668992 or 086-0459168.

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