An evening of light and hope at St John’s Church

An uplifting gathering will take place at St John’s Church on January 2 to raise awareness of suicide and help those in distress.

An uplifting gathering will take place at St John’s Church on January 2 to raise awareness of suicide and help those in distress.

Former Armagh footballer, Oisin McConville will be the guest speaker and will talk about his own struggles with depression.

Cllr Joe Malone is involved in organising the event along with Sean Hickey and Aisling Keohane.

“Last year was the first year of the event and it was a huge success. It is so important to reach out to those in our community affected by suicide. This is not about politics it is about community.

“It is essential that people share their experiences and make it possible for people to be able to talk openly and freely about suicide and depression. The evening is not at all about religion but we are extremely grateful to the parish for allowing us to use the venue,” added Cllr Malone.

Last year Angela Hayes shared her story at St Mary’s Cathedral and the effect has been enormous culminating in the foundation of the Thomas Hayes Trust - which aims to financially assist groups working in the area of youth development, suicide prevention and counselling services.

“There will also be other speaker on the night who will speak about their personal story and how they have been affected by suicide. It is incredible to think that this event started over a cup of tea last December and to see how it has grown and the impact last year’s talk had on so many people. There is a great team of people involved in the organising and running of it including Sean Hickey, Aisling Keohane and Fr Willie Purcell.”

Music on the night will be performed by the choir based at St John’s Church - Soulful Spirit. All are welcome to attend the event, which is free and takes place at St John’s Church on January 2.