Recently, very tragic events have happened in our community and these will affect you all in different ways. Supporting and looking out for each other is very important and it will take some time to come to terms with what has happened. You might be experiencing shock and disbelief, you may feel sad, anxious and afraid, under the circumstances these are normal feelings. Please reach out to your parents or family or to someone you can trust if you are finding things tough. Let them know what and how you are feeling. Here are some services that you can call, text or visit online to chat with a professional.
Samaritans Freephone 24/7 Call 116 123 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pieta House Freephone 24/7 Call 1800 247 247 or Text HELP 51444
Crisis Text Line 24/7 Text 086 1800 280 (Normal cost of a text)
As you are aware there has been a couple of recent tragedies in our community that will impact you and your children in different ways and some young people will be more affected than others.
Normal feelings during this time include shock, disbelief and confusion. Your teenager might experience pain and sadness or anxiety, tension and despair and even hopelessness. It is really important for you to encourage them to talk to you and for you to listen to their thoughts and feelings. Do your best to maintain some kind of routine at home and try to keep an eye on online activity.
In the current crisis face-to-face supports are hard to access but if you are worried please pick up the phone and call your GP or CAREDOC on 1850 334 999.
You can encourage them to use numbers including
Samaritans 116 123 Pieta House 1800 247 247 or the Crisis Text Line, Text TALK to 086 1800 280, you, as a parent, can also access any of these supports. I know you might be reluctant during COVID-19 but if you are really concerned do contact your nearest Emergency Department.