14 September 2004
Moves are being made in Londonderry to set up a support group for local people bereaved through suicide.
The Foyle Forum on Suicide are holding a public meeting next week to plan the way forward.
A spokesman said: "When someone dies by suicide many people are affected; families, friends and work colleagues but all too often no one gets the opportunity to talk about how they feel.
"The journey for those left behind after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful, devastating and traumatic. Many people who have been bereaved in this way have asked is there a support group available.
"Evidence shows that support groups are a powerful and constructive way for people to help both themselves and others.
"Grief associated with bereavement by suicide is unique. The coming together of those similarly bereaved, regardless of when the death occurred, can provide the opportunity to be with other people who can really understand.
"They have been through the same experience and can offer the opportunity to gain strength and understanding from the individuals within the group."
Bernard McAnaney, Chairperson of the Forum said: "We believe that the formation of this group will go some way to help support people through what is a very distressing and painful experience.
"Anyone who wishes to get involved in setting up this group or be involved in any way please come along to the meeting."
The meeting will be held on September 20, commencing at 7.00pm with refreshments at 6.45 pm in St Columb's Park House, Limavady Road.