MACP was one of five chosen charities selected in Northern Ireland to be awarded £3.390 by
the Institute of Directors Fund towards working with Mental Health. Our members Daniel Whitelaw and Janette Potts attended the celebration event on 28th Feb 2020
providing trauma counselling has been inundated with calls from "shocked" teenagers caught up in the Cookstown hotel tragedy.
Counselling and Training & The Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy service provided face-to-face support to scores of young people who witnessed the horrific events of the
previous evening in which three teenagers were killed.
workers from the Greenvale Hotel also contacted the charity, which is staffed by a team of 30 people with offices in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
Michael O'Neill said it was impossible to estimate the number of telephone calls and social media messages they received as they had been "flat out", with extra staff coming in to work the public
teenagers who attended the St Patrick's Day disco also sought advice.
including Dungannon and Tullysaran in Co Armagh contacted the counselling service to provide their premises as a 'drop in'.
While we cannot
go into the details of what we have been told, all the young people who approached us have been in complete shock," Mr O'Neill said.
teenagers who were all going out to have a night's fun and are now dealing with grief and trauma."
urged concerned parents to communicate with their children who had been affected.
let children be on their own - the most important thing is talking. I know it is impossible to keep young people off social media but try to limit what they are reading online," he added.
their own kids but it is good to encourage them not to be afraid to speak about their experience and to seek advice of counsellors and GPs if needs be.
"We also know
that staff members who were working at the hotel were badly affected and some got in touch with us yesterday - they need help too... If you have been affected, please don't suffer this alone, contact
us as soon as possible."
based counselling service can be contacted on 028 8774 6375.