Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

'Suicide is not the answer': Family's heartache after three cousins die within a year

Published 31/12/2015

Colleen Lagan
Colleen Lagan

The family of three cousins who died within the space of a year have sent out a message to young people that "suicide is not the answer".

Colleen Lagan from the Ardoyne area of north Belfast was buried on Tuesday following her death on Christmas Day.

It's also reported that a close friend of Colleen's died by suicide just hours after she attended her funeral.

Colleen's death follows on from the passing of her cousins, Eamon John Sloan and Tiarnan Bassett.

Brigid Sloan, an aunt of Colleen, made an emotional plea to young people to seek out help.

In the Facebook post, she said: "To all you young people out there please think about what you are doing, suicide is not the answer.

"Our three family members had all their lives ahead of them, they are with us no more, people say they are at peace now, and they are happy.

"All that I know is we are all devastated as a family."

She added: "Depression is curable, death is not."

The Public Initiative Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm (PIPS) is offering support to those feeling dealing with stress, feeling depressed or suicidal over the festive period.

Chief executive, Brian Maguire said: "We want to let everyone know that you are not alone.

"We would like to extend our sympathy to the families and friends of the two recent deaths in north Belfast over the holiday period and would encourage everyone to watch out for each other and don't be afraid to speak out and get help."

PIPS is available seven days a week, it can be contacted on 028 9080 5850 or Freephone 0800 088 6042. 

Additionally, If you are affected by any of the issues in this article, contact the Samaritans on 084 5790 9090, or Lifeline 080 8808 8000.

Online Editors

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph