SouthWest Counselling Centre is a charity and was established in 1994. It provides a low-cost and free counselling service for the County of Kerry. Counselling is provided to children, adolescents adults and couples. In 2013, through a grant from South Kerry Development Partnership, SouthWest Counselling Centre was able to offer counselling in Kenmare for one day per week.
Kerry LifeLine was set up by SouthWest Counselling in 2012, in response to the growing problem of suicide in Kerry.
Services Currently Provided:
1. Low-Cost Counselling
Low Cost counselling is provided to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. By providing timely and appropriate intervention, counselling can help to prevent greater problems from arising down the line.
2. Crisis Counselling
Kerry LifeLine offers free one-to-one counselling to people who are feeling suicidal or who are in crisis, providing them with help without financial barriers getting in the way. Individuals can avail of this service directly by contacting the Centre and no GP referral is required. All counsellors providing this service are fully qualified and trained.
3. Bereaved Family Support
Bereavement Support group provides support for family and friends affected by suicide. It is a safe, caring space where they can openly talk family member who has died by suicide.
4. Suicide Awareness
Kerry Lifeline reaches out to the community by holding workshops and lectures in schools, clubs and organisations to highlight suicide awareness and prevention. A series of free workshops promoting good mental health for the elderly were held in Kenmare, Cahersiveen & Killorglin in 2014.
Plans for Funds
All funds raised through the Ring of Beara Cycle would help us to develop the Counselling Service to the people of Kenmare. This will ensure that essential services are available to people on their own doorstep
For further information on the Centre seeSWCC Website Kerry Life Line