Deora Counselling

Deora Counselling is a specialised counselling and crisis intervention service working with bereavement, addiction and suicide intervention.  Direct services include individual counselling and crisis intervention.  Training is provided in ASIST, safeTALK, Understanding Self-Harm Awareness and Suicide Bereavement for professionals.


Assessments are carried out within 1-2 weeks for all clients contacting the service.  Crisis-orientated counselling aimed at reducing risk of harm is provided immediately to those presenting with suicidal ideation.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

The emphasis on the two-day ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk to stay safe and seek further help. Attendance at the full two days is essential.  Learn how to:

  •     Recognise invitations or signs for help
  •     Reach out and offer support
  •     Review the risk of suicide
  •     Apply a suicide intervention model
  •     Link people with community resources


safeTALK is ‘suicide alertness’ training. It teaches participants how to recognise people with thoughts of suicide and keep them safe.  It is for anyone who wants to learn how to provide practical help to people having thoughts of suicide.

safeTALK is three hours in duration and is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 18 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:

• move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
• identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
• apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe)
to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Understanding Self-Harm Awareness Training

The aim of this one-day awareness training programme is to develop participants knowledge and understanding of self-harming behaviour.

The workshop

The workshop provides opportunities to improved knowledge, awareness and understanding of self-harm. Participants consider how personal attitudes and experiences might affect their helping role with a person who self-harms. It aims to clarify what self-harm is, what leads people to engage in the behaviour and considers its relationship with suicide. The causes, reasons behind the behaviour, and the functions are discussed.

Positive approaches to engaging with and caring for someone who self-harms are presented. Active participation is encouraged. It is stimulated by audio-visuals and working with others in small groups.

Who should attend the Understanding Self-Harm Training?

The training is suitable for people who work with young people such as youth workers, teachers, residential care staff, Gardaí, and people in caring professions and parents, concerned members of the public, people who work in alcohol and addiction services, those who work with homeless people and people who work with those recovering from mental illness.

It is open to both agencies and individuals who seek to understand more about self-harm, the reasons underlying self-harm behaviours and to improve personnel/agency responses to the needs of those people who self-harm.

This training is suitable for people over 18 years of age.

If you wish to attend this training you must register for a place on our workshops page.

Understanding Self-Harm Awareness Training is Certified by the HSE.

There is no charge for this traininig and it is open to projects, agencies and the local community. To apply for the next training, please register on our Workshops page.

Suicide Bereavement for Professionals

This workshop is a one day workshop  funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention.  It is for professionals and key contact people who, in the course of their work, come into contact with people who have been bereaved through suicide. It explores the unique needs of individuals who have been bereaved in this way so that participants become more equipped to provide support in the safest and most effective ways possible.

This workshop aims to;

  • Develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of the grieving process
  • Enhance participants’ skills in supporting people bereaved through suicide.

This workshop covers five key topics;

  • Understanding the grieving process
  • The context of suicide
  • How to support people bereaved through suicide
  • Skills building
  • Self-care.

At the end of this workshop, participants will;

  • Know about the grieving process and the context of suicide
  • Understand the grieving process and risk factors associated with suicide
  • Develop their understanding of the key elements of supporting someone bereaved through    suicide
  • Be able to apply this understanding to support people bereaved through suicide
  • Connect the learning from this workshop to their own practice.

There is no charge for these trainings. They are open to projects, agencies and the local community. To apply for the next training, please register on our Workshops page.

safeTALK and ASIST are certified by Livingworks in Canada   Understanding Self-Harm Awareness training and Suicide Bereavement for Professionals are certified by the HSE.  All above workshops are supported by  the National Office for Suicide Prevention.