On Tuesday 31st March, ambassadors from PIPS, Lighthouse and Foyle Search and Rescue visited the Allstate NI Belfast Office to receive a cheque for £1,000 each from the company's ANIbody committee.
ANIbody is a group made up of several Allstate NI employees who are committed to raising funds for local charities providing ground level services and support for those who are feeling suicidal or have been impacted by suicide in their community.
L-R: Maurice Campbell Allstate NI, Brian Maguire PIPS, Yvonne Kennedy Foyle Search and Rescue, Shauna Donnell Foyle Search and Rescue, Stephen McVicker Allstate NI, Frankie Corr Lighthouse, Suzi Murtagh Allstate NI, Louise Armour Allstate NI, Jo Murphy Lighthouse and Claire Day Allstate NI.
Suicide rates continue to increase in Northern Ireland with 303 people completing suicide in 2013 alone. With suicide and self-harm on the rise, ANIbody is working hard to break the stigmas and get people talking by giving them the tools to LOOK, LISTEN and LINK for those showing suicidal signs.
The money handed over to the three local charities was raised from a number of activities organised by the committee including a firewalk and an abseil.
Brian Maguire, chief executive officer from PIPS said,
"The money donated by Allstate NI will go towards helping those who are either feeling suicidal or have been affected by suicide in their community. We have been working with the ANIbody group for 2 and a half years now and are delighted that they are involved so closely with our campaign."
The group are also committed to tackling the increasing number of suicides in Northern Ireland head on, visiting schools across the province to deliver a one hour suicide prevention presentation to 16-18 year olds.
If you would like ANIbody team to deliver a free suicide and mental health awareness workshop at your school, email ANIbody@allstate.com.