More than fifty people visited the Family Centre last Wednesday, September 10, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
Organised by the staff of ACORN and LCRL, volunteers and members of the public, the event was an ‘extraordinarly emotional’ evening for all involved.
“It’s a difficult process, but when you have it completed you know that you have taken part in something special,” said co-organiser of the event Peter Masterson, who lost his brother-in-law a year and a half ago.
A number of young ladies provided beautiful music for the evening, and refreshments were served afterwards. One of the most encouraging things, Peter revealed, was the number of young people in attendance with parents, guardians and families.
Peter also stressed the importance of speaking with young people on the topic of suicide, despite claims that it will plant the idea of suicide.
“Through conversation you cannot plant the thought of suicide if it’s not there,” he stated.
As well as facilitating a support network and dialogue about suicide, several other positives came from the evening, with two further meetings of the group planned, one for the same day next year, and another in a couple of months time.
“The general feeling was that it was a very worthwhile process and project to do,” Peter added. He also revealed that plans are afoot to found a Samaritans-style support system in Longford.
Collections were also carried out in Dromard on Wednesday last in aid of suicide prevention.
“I want to thank the people of Dromard Parish for contributing and showing a keen interest in this subject,” Peter said, revealing that approximately €275 had been collected, which will be divided between the counselling services in ACORN and LCRL.