The manager of Pieta House in Kerry has warned against complacency in the fight against suicide in the county.
Speaking at the start of Suicide Awareness Week, Nora Conway told Radio Kerry that 17 people took their own lives in Kerry, in the first three months of last year alone.
She says increasing numbers of people are coming forward for counselling, since the centre opened at 28 Moyderwell, Tralee earlier this year.
A large percentage of those seeking help in Kerry for self-harming issues and suicidal thoughts, are under the age of 18.
Pieta House Kerry is extending its opening hours from September 27th, to cope with demand for its free counselling services.
Ms Conway urged anyone dealing with suicidal thoughts to come forward.
She says getting help, is a lot easier than people may think: