Concerns over future of Pieta House Limerick service

first_imgEmail Print WITH four of Pieta House’s nine therapists in Limerick laid off since the Covid-19 lockdown began, staff have raised concerns about the mental health service’s future in the city.Pieta House has helped thousands of people in the Mid-West since it was first established a decade ago. The free counselling service, based at Ard Aulin in Mungret, focusses on those who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One Pieta House staff member, who wrote to the Limerick Post this week, claimed that the free therapy service may not continue in its current form into the future.“Compulsory redundancies of centre manager, clinical support staff and the letting go of sessional therapists, who are all the heart of Pieta House, will mean that Pieta as we know it will cease to exist,” they said.“The Sunrise Appeal has been a huge success and has raised in excess of €5 million.“Pieta receives more that €2m from the HSE every year and Health Minister Simon Harris announced last month an additional 114,608 per month to help Pieta save jobs.“Despite the success of the fundraising, approximately 50 per cent of staff have been let go with some still waiting for confirmation of further lay offs, which effectively will mean approximately 70 per cent of very experienced  staff will be let go.”The anonymous Pieta House staff member went onto accuse the service of being “disingenuous” for not making the staff and people of Ireland aware of what the service is going to look like in the future.They also raised concerns that given the current challenges with Covid-19 there may be many more deaths by suicide in the future. The onus, they believe, is now on Pieta House to provide the best possible support to ensure that they continue the work to prevent deaths by suicide. “Since December 2010 Pieta House has supported thousands of people of all age from groups from six years of age to people in their 70’s.  Pieta House has been there for people through the darkest moments in their lives. Many of whom would say, ‘I would not be alive today but for Pieta House’.“Last year Pieta House Mid-West witnessed a significant increase in U18’s accessing the service . Pieta House Mid-West is constantly stretched for resources and has always had waiting lists. I dread to think of what will happen in the future with the plan to restructure the service.”However, Pieta House revealed in a statement to the Limerick Post this week, that they are now in a very different position, based on the incredible public response to its Sunrise campaign, boosted by the Late Late Show the night before.“We had been facing an existential funding crisis and had been taking some difficult steps to deal with it. However, owing to the enormous generosity of the people of Ireland and their obvious care for those suffering with their mental health, coupled with some additional funding from the HSE for 300 additional hours for high risk clients per week, we are now able to review our position much more positively,” Pieta House stated.“We are in the middle of that process and hope to complete it within a couple of weeks. Our focus throughout is on meeting the significant demand for our services nationwide and there will be no downgrading of centres.”Pieta House also pointed out that it will be maintaining and potentially increasing its services to the public once the review is complete.“We are currently engaged in a consultation process with staff. There will be some re-deployment of personnel with the intention of putting as much resources as possible into the frontline and therapist hours. We are looking to employ more therapists directly, rather than on contract, and we have paused a reduction in therapist hours pending the outcome of the review.“In the meantime, we continue, during these restricted times, to deliver our services 24/7 by phone (1800 247 247) and text (51444) and we encourage anyone who is feeling anxious or is struggling with mental health issues at the moment to reach out and talk to Pieta. We are there for you.” Twitter Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook NewsCommunityConcerns over future of Pieta House Limerick serviceBy Alan Jacques – May 29, 2020 1276 Previous articleMore than €3 Million rental income to be refunded to University of Limerick on-campus residentsNext articleLkLadyPod #18 Sive: Why Do We Need Music Right Now? Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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BACK TO MAYBERRY: Local couple recreates classic Andy Griffith car

first_img Play ball: Tournament play begins at the Sportsplex Tournament season began on Thursday afternoon in Troy, Enterprise and Eufaula. Troy and Enterprise played host to district tournaments, while… read more Clyde said it would “suit me just fine” to be back in a Mayberry.“I’ve seen every episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and I don’t care how many times I see one, I enjoy it just as much as I did the first time.”Clyde said he’s not exactly sure when they got bitten by the Mayberry police car  bug. But he does know that its bite is contagious “because Pat’s got it, too.” You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration BACK TO MAYBERRY: Local couple recreates classic Andy Griffith car Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Print Articlecenter_img Sponsored Content The Andy Griffith Show, a situation comedy that aired on CBS from October 3,1960 until April 1, 1968, is one of the most popular re-runs on cable TV and is number one among blue collar workers.Clyde Adamson and his wife Pat Williams Adamson grew up watching The Andy Griffith Show and, if it’s on TV, the couple is “glued to the tube.”“It’s a TV show for people of our generation,” Pat said. “We grew up in our own Mayberry worlds and there was no better place to grow up. The Andy Griffith Show takes us back to our own Mayberrys.” Latest Stories Published 6:30 pm Friday, June 14, 2019 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “I got it in my head that I wanted a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500,” Clyde said. “That’s the same kind of car as the Mayberry police car. So, we started looking, Pat and me.”Looking was easy but finding a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 to buy was not that easy.“We went all over and found several but most of them were too much money or were not in all that good of shape,” Clyde said. “One was just about what you would call a ‘wreck’ and they wanted a big price for it. We looked so long that I’d almost given up.”Then, one day, the Adamsons got a call from a friend who alerted them to a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 that was for sale in the Birmingham area.“I thought this one would probably be a dead-end just like the others,” Pat said. “But I told Clyde that Birmingham was not that far so we might as well go see what they had.”What “they had” was just what the Adamsons had been looking and hoping for and more.“We did couldn’t believe what we were seeing,” Pat said. Clyde was almost dumbfounded. Not only was the Ford Galaxie 500 his dream car, it was almost in mint condition.“It was a one-owner car and had all of the original equipment,” he said. “Even the interior was original. I couldn’t believe it.”And, the Ford Galaxie 500 had a story.“The car belonged a young man, Donnie Murry, Jr.,” Pat said. “He told us the car had belonged to his grandparents, Eulys and Eula Hartley of  Ozark. His grandfather worked in a cotton mill and served in Europe during World War II.“Donnie said his grandfather would only dive Fords. He purchased the Ford Galaxie 500 and took possession on December 19,1963. His grandfather died in the late 1960s in a car accident. He was driving his red Ford truck.”Murry’s grandmother kept the car in Oneonta until her death in 1994.“Donny inherited the Ford Galaxie 500 and took the car to Jefferson County and then to St. Clair County before he had decided to sell it,” Clyde said. “I knew it was probably not an easy thing for him to do but I was so happy he did. Donnie said he had enjoyed the car and he hoped and prayed that we would enjoy it, too.”Clyde said he and Pat started enjoying the Galaxie the minute they saw it.The couple had their dream car painted to look just like the Mayberry police car.“When I get under the wheel I feel just like Barney Fife,” Clyde said, laughing. And Pat gets that Mayberry feeling and goosebumps pop out all over her. That’s the way life is when dreams come true, the couple said. By The Penny Hoarder 123456PrevNextStartStop Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie lived with Andy’s Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy’s time was spent philosophizing and “managing” Deputy Barney Fife. Sound kind of ho-hum TV entertainment for today’s high-tech, “right now” world?No way.last_img read more

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