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The Thomas Hayes Trust

A community based suicide prevention, mental health awareness and bereavement support charity

Mission Statement

The aim of the Thomas Hayes Trust is to provide support to individuals and families/friends who are affected by loss, through suicide, or those considering suicide and to contribute to the prevention of suicide in the community.  

The THT will undertake this objective through the provision of free counselling, education, a drop in support service in the Teac Tom Centre,   and a public awareness campaign and to promote positive mental health.

The trust uses in an interagency approach, and will collaborate with those who are concerned with mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Kilkenny and its environs.

The mission statement will be supported through the incorporation of its core values:

          Respect - Accept each person as equal, and unique.

         Accountable - Be transparent in all the Trusts actions.

         Quality Deliver beneficial services which are provided by appropriate people, based on international best practice and in line with national and local strategies in a safe and nurturing environment.

The Thomas Hayes Trust (THT) was established in February 2014 by Angela Hayes, her children, family and friends following the tragic loss of her son, Thomas to suicide (2010) on the anniversary of his dads suicide. At that time she was unaware of the suffering within the community experienced by others in similar circumstances. This awareness was illuminated when her son Alan and Angela were invited to speak on the Late Late Show, in January 2014, to tell their story of how suicide had affected their family. On that night her son Alan performed a song he composed for her called Survivor a song he wrote to show her that he was proud of how she had reached out for help through counselling, to help herself and her family navigate the awful pain of grief through suicide. The public response to their story and the song was phenomenal, with people suggesting that Alans song be recorded and the proceeds be donated to a charity. It was not her intention at that time to do anything except tell their story however, with the overwhelming response and the launching of the song an opportunity presented to set up the Trust to support the people of Kilkenny and surrounding areas that have been affected by suicide, and to those who contemplate or contemplated ending their life Angela says The Thomas Hayes Trust by helping others will commemorate the life of Thomas a son, brother and friend, and to remember his father Tommy.

All money raised goes towards providing a free counselling and family support service in Teac Tom, Kilkenny and Stradbally, Co Laois.


Contact Details

Teac Tom 15 Ormonde Road Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, 97

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 21396

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20100490

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