The CRY Charity has three main objectives in the work that we do:
1. Raise awareness of the condition known as Sudden Cardiac Death or Sudden Adult Death Syndrome through media campaigns and information meetings. This frequently involves presentations to sports clubs, schools, businesses and local community groups.
2. To provide free counselling and support for families affected by sudden death or cardiac conditions. The CRY Charity has retained the services of a Psychotherapist Counsellor and a Genetic Counsellor.
We also have five family support members based throughout Ireland who are available to support family members who are trying to cope with the sudden death of a young family or where a young family member is trying to come to terms with a diagnoses of a heart condition, as a result of heart screening which can have profound effects on that person’s lifestyle.
These family support group members have all been trained and have experienced the consequences of a sudden death of a young family member.
3. To support the Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP), where families and individuals can be evaluated in a heart screening service in a timely and systematic fashion without financial cost. CRY is a partner in the CRYP Centre which is located at Tallaght Hospital. The other partners are St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8 and St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.