Its OK not to be OK

On the 6th of May, an army of cyclists arrived into our town and gathered in the Patrician Secondary School for lunch. It was the “Cycle Against Suicide” campaign, which saw hundreds of cyclists participating in an event that was to raise awareness around the issue of suicide in our society today. It was a very colourful occasion and we congratulate the Patrician Secondary School for the enormous amount of work that went into hosting this major event. Earlier that morning the “Darkness into Light” walk took place. Thousands of people participated in this, highlighting the hope and help that is out there for us. As a response, Newbridge Parish Pastoral Council wanted to follow up on these hope filled events in some small way. As a result, a new credit card size card has been produced by the parish. The heading on one side is “It’s OK not to be OK” and on the other side there are a number of helpline numbers that can be contacted if someone needs to reach out for help. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be promoting these cards all over the town. We want to get them into shops, pubs, taxi ranks, schools, train station, churches, sports clubs etc. This gesture is to highlight the fact that there is help out there, the first step is to ask for that help. Further to this, there is another local organisation in Newbridge called HOPE(D), which stands for “Helping Other People Escape Depression.” The address is 2 Henry Street, Newbridge. There are various services available here for people who may be experiencing difficulties in life. Such services include counselling, workshops and holistic therapies. They can be contacted at 1800 855834 or 087 1513535. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that he has come so that we may “have life and have it to the full” (Jn. 10:10). For those who are not experiencing the fullness of life, know that there is help out there… “Be not afraid.” “