On Wednesday 22nd September, the charity formerly known as PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm) was re-launched as Lighthouse. The Charity also launched its DVD “Melted”.
The re-launch as Lighthouse was attended by First Minister Peter Robinson, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Pat Convery Speaking this morning First Minister, Rt Hon Peter Robinson MLA said:
“I was determined to be here this morning to support the ongoing work of Lighthouse. Self harm and suicide is the ultimate expression of a lack of hope so how fitting that PIPS has rebranded itself as Lighthouse- a beacon offering hope to the hopeless. I am here to express support and admiration for Lighthouse and wish the organisation well as it moves reinvigorated into the future”
Lighthouse exists to save lives and offer advice and support to those affected by suicide and self harm and deals with in more than 500 people in crisis each year, as well as dozens of families bereaved through suicide. Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery commented: ‘Sadly all of us are aware of the impact suicide and selfharm has on families and the communities they live in. I applaud the support which I know ‘Lighthouse’ will continue to provide in North Belfast and beyond’.
Dr Kevin Donaghy, then a chairperson of Lighthouse, noted that
“The commitment of Lighthouse is to a future of positive mental health where we continue to save lives, offer advice and support those affective by suicide”
Notes to Editors
Lighthouse was Initially established as PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm) in 2003 as a community response to a community problem – the exceptionally high incidence of suicide in North Belfast.
Lighthouse is based at 187-189 Duncairn Gardens and provides support, counselling and a range of therapies for
those affected by suicide and self-harm. Lighthouse adopts a dual approach of working with the general public to raise
awareness, crisis response to those in need and visiting bereaved families in the wake of a suicide.
In 2009, an independent review affirmed the value and need for the organisation and made a series of recommendations for its next stage of development including a possible change of name. Following the review, the members of the organisation at an Extraordinary General Meeting in May 2010, approved the new name, Lighthouse.
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