Clarke congratulates LIFE Festival success

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Alliance Councillor Patrick Clarke has congratulated PIPS Newcastle & District and MYMY who recently organised the first LIFE Festival which took place in Newcastle from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th September.

Councillor Clarke

Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “PIPS Newcastle & District and MYMY launched a series of events to raise awareness about suicide prevention, mental health issues and wellbeing which was supported by a number of statutory agencies. “I would like to firstly commend the sterling work of PIPS Newcastle & District and MYMY who have been raising awareness regarding suicide prevention, and tackling mental health issues such as depression through their support and counselling services in the local and wider community as well as at the PIPS House at Main Street Newcastle. “The invaluable help and support given by the volunteers and counsellors of Newcastle and District PIPS and MYMY helping those who have lost loved ones through suicide or to anyone suffering from the struggles of daily life has made a real and lasting difference to the local and wider community. “The recent LIFE Festival was a resounding success and I would like to congratulate all the organisers, volunteers and statutory, community and voluntary agencies who contributed to the various events which took place from Wednesday 10th to mark World Suicide Prevention Day until Sunday 14th September which ended with a Family Fun Day and an Interdenominational Service of Hope, Healing and Love.” “The new PIPS House located on Main Street Newcastle has only been open less than a year but already is being used by many people young and old from all sections of the community and it is a credit to the volunteers who have been running the PIPS House turning no one away in need of help,” continued. “However due to no direct core funding from central government departments PIPS Newcastle and District and MYMY have been relying solely on the generosity of the general public and ongoing fundraising to maintain and run both the PIPS House and their range of services. “It is therefore essential that both the Department of Health and the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust provide some form of core funding in the future due to the exceptionally high demand and need for the services that PIPS Newcastle & District and MYMY provide across Newcastle and Surrounding areas,” Clarke added.
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