To mark World Suicide Survivors Day, FASA and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust held a Reflection of Hope event for families and friends bereaved by suicide.
Suicide has had a huge impact on our community and surrounding areas, especially in the past year.
The families and friends who attended the event were able to take time to remember those who they have lost to suicide, to reflect on their lives and look to the future. The event took place in the Walled Garden, Castle Park, Bangor. At the event there were information stands from FASA, South Eastern HSC Trust, CRUSE, Samaritans and Lifeline.
One family member read a poem, Fiona Molloy (South Eastern HSC Trust) and Roberta Coates (FASA) spoke about messages of hope and while Bangor Ladies Choir sang, lanterns were released into the evening sky.
Fiona Molloy said: “The reflection was poignant, moving and important. There was a real sense of coming together, and connecting people, not only with words, but by shared experiences.”
Lorraine Rogan, from FASA, added: “Our aim was to help families and friends reconcile their loss in the tranquillity of the walled garden and instil hope for the future”.
A friend of someone who was affected by suicide reflected: “Suicide knows no boundaries, so our hope was that families and friends from all communities would come together and remember their loved ones.”
For advice or support contact FASA on 9080 3040 or Lifeline’s 24 hour helpline number 0808 808 8000.