Newbridge charity hopes to set up counselling service supporting parents of teenagers

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Newbridge charity hopes to set up counselling service supporting parents of teenagers
By Louise McCarthy 20:28 Tuesday 18th of September 2018

A Newbridge mental health charity says plans are being made to offer supports for parents of teenagers.

Meanwhile, a wide amount of young people from 12 -years-old are attending Hope(D).

Chairwoman of voluntary group, Hope(D), Terri Thorpe,  says that approximately 25% of those attending the counselling services are children with the remainder adults.

The charity is now hoping to offer supports to parents of teenagers also.

Chairwoman for Hope(D), Terri Thorpe, says that increasingly technology is leading to communication issues for young people and families.

She said: “People are sitting down having their dinner and the phone is beside their plate. They are not connecting with the real world, in a lot of cases interpersonal skills with people are gone.”

Social media bullying is a real issue for young people warns Ms Thorpe.

Overall, in the work -place and generally, ‘isolation’ is a leading factor in the cause for depression, says Ms Thorpe.

She said: “There is a high prevalence of work-place bullying. We need to reach out to each-other more.”

However, she says all age groups are prone to depression and are at risk of suicide.

On  Wednesday, October 10, a candlelight vigil for those who have lost their lives to suicide, will take place in Newbridge.

People are being encouraged to 'walk together in solidarity' from the Hope(D) building at  2 Henry Street,Newbridge, down the Main St and gather at The Liffey Linear Park for 7.30pm, where there will be speakers and readers.

Last year the event was held for the first time in Newbridge  reacting to the loss of five people within a short space of time by suicide throughout the county.

The service offers assistance for depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, bereavement, low self esteem, addiction and many more problems.

CALL 1800 855 834 or 087 151 3535 or [email protected]

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