Who We Are

Charity Ref: XR96724

PIPS Hope & Support (formally Newry & Mourne) have premises at 50 Mill Street  Newry. It is also a Protect Life Resource Centre, which has been funded by the Southern Health And Social Care Trust (SHSCT), under the auspices of the NI Suicide Prevention Strategy - Protect Life (A Shared Vision). In addition, funding secured through the strategy has made possible the post of Protect Life Community Development Worker & an Administrative Assistant

Newry and Mourne is a community that has been blighted by suicide over the years. In the past it has not always received the attention and resources appropriate to the challenges that these issues present. this was addressed in 2003 when PIPS Newry & Mourne (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm) was formed by people whose families had been devastated by the experience of loss to suicide. It is a community-based initiative committed to building relationships and working in partnership to reduce the impact of suicide.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Save lives
  • Offer advice and support to those affected by suicide and self-harm
  • Encourage people to seek help and reduce the stigma of suicide
  • Increase the communities awareness around issues about suicide and self-harm
  • Signpost and link people to places that offer help in their area
  • Provide information and training

As advised by the Northern Ireland Protect Life (A Shared Vision) Suicide Strategy 2006-20011 we engage in a multi-agency approach to suicide prevention we engage with Statutory/Voluntary & Community organisations, We also engage with individuals and families and incorporate such activities as free professional counselling, free complimentary therapies, Training and Education workshops, Presentations, Talks, Conferences & Seminars. Group support for anyone bereaved through suicide, one to one support, and befriending services

PIPS Hope & Support have also outreach services in Crossmaglen & Kilkeel and anyone requiring help or information can telephone the PIPS Hope & Support office on 02830266195 or mobile 07707039799, as a Protect Life Resource Centre we have numerous booklets that are available (free) on all kinds of issues ranging from Panic, Depression, Sleep Problems, Stress, Anxiety, Controlling Anger, Post Natal Depression and many many more.

In addition to this we also have our own PIPS Hope & Support Suicide Bereavement pack, (see bottom of page) this pack has, included in it, information that families bereaved through suicide will find helpful, we also have a community help card that has been widely distributed and requested from community groups & agencies, it includes a promise to keep ourselves safe and includes contact numbers and advice on staying safe.

It is our belief that the continued commitment of partners in delivering suicide prevention skills, to help those who are emotionally vulnerable or at risk will contribute towards reducing inequalities and prevent suicides in the Newry & Mourne area.

PIPS Ambitions
  • To have a resource centre based on the needs of those within our community in emotional and or mental distress

      The premises will provide:

  • Listening, counselling and advisory services.
  • Group meeting/therapy facilities for support and prevention.
  • Alternative therapy facilities for affected people.
  • Training facilities for teaching appropriate skills to volunteers and community based individuals