Communities joining together to stop suicide

Ways that members of a community can work together to stop the scourge of suicide will be the theme of a conference in Butler House next week to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Ways that members of a community can work together to stop the scourge of suicide will be the theme of a conference in Butler House next week to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

The lineup for the Lifeline Suicide Prevention Seminar, which will be held on September 14 from 9.30am to 1pm, will include a welcome address by Mayor Seán Ó hArgáin; a keynote address by Deputy Dan Neville, founder of the Irish Association of Suicidology; and talks by Sean McCarthy of the Suicide Resource Office HSE (South); Dr Barbara Dooley of the department of psychology at UCD and director of research at Headstrong; Amy Farrell, former student welfare officer at St Patrick’s College Carlow; and Maria Power and Derek Chambers, community consultants, who will present A County Kilkenny Plan for Suicide Prevention.

The seminar will end with a short film presentation filmed by Young Irish Filmmakers and involving youth groups based at Ossory Youth who will hold a day of action and awareness on this Saturday at City Hall and the Parade. This event will culminate in an short ecumenical remembrance ceremony to remember those who have lost their lives through suicide.

Information night

In the meantime, Kilkenny Bereavement Support will host an information night in St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy on September 11 at 8pm, with an emphasis on loss through suicide.

The speakers will be county coroner Tim Kiely; Sean Mc Carthy, suicide resource officer with the HSE South; and Padraig McMorrow, administrator with Kilkenny Bereavement Support.

Kilkenny Bereavement Support offers support to people of all ages who have been bereaved either recently or in the past. Most of the work involves meeting one-to-one with a trained volunteer. For those bereaved by suicide, Kilkenny Bereavement Support has other assistance in place. Besides the one-to-one work, there is also an open meeting that takes place on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm in Villa Maria, Freshford Road, Kilkenny.

In the spring of every year, there is a healing group formed. This group meets almost every week for eight sessions.

The information night on September 11 promises to be of interest to all those who have been bereaved or who work with the bereaved. Light refreshments will be served. For information, phone 056 7756538. All are welcome.