Mary worked for 22 years as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. Some years after Garry's death, she retrained as a Psychotherapist and, three years ago, completed her Masters in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as research suggests it is extremely beneficial in the treatment of suicidal ideation.
Mary also holds a Diploma in Psychology and a Diploma in Community Health and Preventative Medicine (from the Royal College of Surgeons). She has vast experience working with psychiatric and psychological issues through lifelong learning and work experience.
Molly has worked in managerial roles throughout her life and has directed business and community groups for over 40 years. She is an advocate of and highlights the issue of mental health, and her dedication to facilitating community seminars and talks on the subject is well known in Co. Donegal and beyond. She brings a wealth of experience to G.R.A.S.P. This is proven by the fact that she is responsible for the provision of the Outreach Counselling Service in Tir Hugh Ballyshannon. Molly has multiple roles within G.R.A.S.P. and, along with her family, could be described as the glue that holds G.R.A.S.P. together.
This website is dedicated to the memory of the late Garry McTernan of Dromahair, Co. Leitrim, who died by suicide on 9 January 2004, aged 24 years. The G.R.A.S.P. Life Foundation was founded in 2012 in Garry’s memory.
The website is also to fondly remember the late Mark Reynolds from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and Holland, who died on 6 July 2009 aged 38 years and whose mother, Molly, was instrumental in organising and deliver the outreach counselling services in Tirhugh, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
G.R.A.S.P. counsellors work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, social anxiety, suicide ideation, self-esteem, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bereavement support, relationship issues, stress, Covid-19-related issues, self-care, addiction, phobias, student issues, trauma, and coping issues.
We also offer community and school support systems as well as community and school education and awareness programmes. In addition, we assist with dissertations for nurses, Gardai trainees, etc, and we provide work placements for student counsellors. When requested by bereaved families, we also attend inquests in a supportive role.
Outreach Counselling Service Information:
- Tirhugh, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal – every Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am to 5pm, by appointment.
- Dromahair, Co. Leitrim – by appointment
- Northwest Community Centre, Sligom Co. Sligo
Our mission is to support those experiencing emotional distress or thinking of suicide through professional therapeutic counselling and support by psychotherapists trained in the area of suicide prevention.
G.R.A.S.P. aims to meet the national quality standard developed by the National Office of Suicide Prevention for the delivery of services by an organisation and those bereaved by suicide. Organisations who meet these standards will be accredited and audited to a set of minimum standards.
G.R.A.S.P.’s aim is to provide dedicated, full-time suicide prevention, intervention, and post-intervention services. G.R.A.S.P. Life Foundation has a rota of counsellors trained in mental health and in a variety of issues.