Carer Support Group

November 3, 2009

PIPS Newry & Mourne are offering a new innovative service to the community of Newry & Mourne. It’s a unique Carer Support group, specialising in supporting those carers affected by suicide attempts or have suicide ideation.

If you are currently living with, or supporting someone who has attempted suicide – or if you’re loved one is currently high risk to suicide, this service suits your needs.

The PIPS Newry & Mourne Carer support group will allow carers to meet on a regular basis to discuss their caring situation, socialise, share information and offer each other support.

As a carer it is important to look after your own needs, and joining a carer support groups is one way of doing that. The benefits of being in a group include:

Being with people who understand the pressures of caring, And getting information

Most probably many of your friends, family and the health professionals you encounter don’t really understand what it’s like being a carer. By talking to other carers, you will find that you’re not the only one feeling the way you do and this can be quite a relief.

Getting emotional support, making new friends & getting information

Often carers lose touch with friends and family because of changed circumstances and increased demands on their time. This can lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness and perhaps depression. Getting out to a support group can expand your social network and help improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

Importantly it offers Carers the opportunity to have a cup of tea and chat with others who are in a similar situation to them.

The new service is commencing on the second last Wednesday of every month and the next meeting will take place on 18th November in the PIPS Newry & Mourne House, 22 Kilmorey Street Newry at 7pm.

This service is not for persons at risk to suicide themselves. For those persons at risk to suicide we offer a drop-in facility 9-5pm Monday – Friday and counselling services by appointment.