Basketball Ireland have announced a new partnership with 1Life ahead of the summer activities in the sport.
An estimated 700 people died by suicide in Ireland in the past year or about two people every day*. Each death has a ripple effect, shattering the lives of families, friends and the broader community. People in crisis feel isolated, hopeless and overwhelmed by their circumstances and, in many cases, do not know where to turn. 1Life was launched in 2009 with the aim of preventing suicide and of meeting the very real need to provide crisis counselling when it is needed most.
Highlighting the message of 1Life and the helpline 1800 24-7-100 will begin at Basketball Ireland’s popular ‘Gormanston Summer Camp’, which takes place on July 10 – 15, where the campers will participate in a yellow themed day to help promote the message of this excellent cause. On top of this, a discussion group will take place where a representative from 1Life will be in attendance. Top players from the SuperLeague will also be on hand to lend their support at our 1Life themed day.
1Life is Ireland’s only 24-hour suicide prevention and intervention helpline (1800 24-7-100). Nowadays, more than ever, Irish people of all ages are facing seemingly insurmountable difficulties in their lives. It’s vital to remember 1Life is here to help and is open for calls 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Bernard O’Byrne, Basketball Ireland Secretary General said: “We are delighted to be associated with 1Life. 1Life is providing a phenomenal service in highlighting an issue which affects so many families in this country. We believe that using the summer camp at Gormanston to begin this awareness is an ideal opportunity to get this message out to the 12-18 year old range at the camp.
Noel Smyth, Director of 1Life said: “When people feel under extra pressure, isolated or alone, 1Life can help to navigate a way through their tough times. Counsellors and therapists are ready and willing to talk in complete confidence with anyone in crisis, worried about a loved one or affected by self-harm or suicide in anyway”.
He continued: “We are very proud to have the support of Basketball Ireland. Getting the 1Life service known is vital and a multi-pronged approach is needed across communities to achieve this. Sport is such a positive force and Basketball Ireland, through its work at grass roots level with schools, colleges and within communities countrywide has the ability inform its supporters and the wider community that this service is available 24/7 providing vital life saving support.”