A 24-hour service aimed at preventing suicide and self-harm in all areas of the country will go into operation this weekend.

Dublin-based Pieta House is to provide psychotherapy backed up by a team of volunteers.

It will offer a community-based therapeutic service to assist in the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

According to Pieta House, most suicide and suicide attempts occur between Fridays and Mondays.

Chief Executive Officer Joan Freeman says maintaining contact is vital to preventing suicide and now people will be able to contact and keep in touch with the centre through an on-call text service.

Pieta House is the first professional organisation of its kind in Ireland.