Angela urges people to access local support

A BRAVE woman who has shared the story of losing her husband and son to suicide is ‘overwhelmed’ by the response of the public.

A BRAVE woman who has shared the story of losing her husband and son to suicide is ‘overwhelmed’ by the response of the public.

Since speaking out and encouraging people to share their experiences Angela has been inundated with messages of support.

Over 682,000 people tuned into The Late Late Show last Friday evening to hear Angela tell how her family coped with the loss of her husband Tommy in 2002 and her son Thomas in 2011 to suicide.

Her son Alan also spoke about how he has coped with the loss of his father and brother and performed a song Survivor which he has written as a tribute to his mother.

“The reaction has been incredible. I am overwhelmed by the encouragement that we have received as a family. Alan and I have spoken out but we would not be able to do it without the support of my other sons Robert and Stephen who have been incredible. We have a very strong bond as a family and this is crucial. All the support that we have received gives us great strength. My work colleagues at State Street have also been a huge support to me,” she said.

Angela and Alan also appeared on the TV3 chat show, Ireland Am this week.

“I want to make people aware of the great support groups that are on our doorsteps. The Kilkenny Bereavement Support Group has an open drop in group once a month for people bereaved by suiicde.

“I went there and found it very helpful. There are so many cases of suicide, I don’t understand why more people don’t access this service. It is completely confidential and you feel very safe in the group,” she said.

She also urged young people who are experiencing sadness to attend the Kilkenny Medjugorje Youth Group which meets on a Friday at The Friary at 8pm.

“It is a safe and supportive environment for youngsters,” she said.

For more information on the Kilkenny Bereavement Support Group contact (056) 7756538.