We continue to meet new and old clients in Athlone and Galway. Often the people we meet have survived abuse and are having difficulty in finding purpose in life and to move forward. Others struggle with their day to day existence, uncertain of relationships or how to cope with difficult life incidents and want to escape or bring an end to the noise in their heads. They find it a solace to speak to someone who will not over react, or be afraid of their fears and who are committed to creating a safe space for them to talk through their irrational thinking patterns.
Hope Trust counsellors are trained to walk alongside those who are struggling. They are also committed to praying for clients outside of their counselling time, or with them if they request it. It is a consolation to know that God cares for those who are struggling.
During February we in Hope are creating a platform where people who want to join us in prayer for those who are either struggling with suicidal thinking, or have been affected by the loss of someone to suicide. We will meet regularly on the Shannon Bridge in Athlone to pray and will welcome any who would like to join us. Despite the fact that many are more informed in these days and that much has been done to address the stigma of suicide, the suicide rate in the Midlands of Ireland is still too high. There are increasing numbers of young people who are self -harming as well. We are determined to work towards seeing that change.
We intend to run a closed support group for family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide from April in Athlone.
We are also offering four separate one day workshops intended to help equip people to care for those struggling with suicidal thinking.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our charity - you are making a difference in the lives of people affected here in Ireland.
God bless you!
Nov 7, 2017
Support and hope for those in grief
By Linda Rowett - Director
On the 31st October, 2017 a group of around 60 walked across the bridge to show solidarity and support to those who had lost loved ones to suicide. A leaflet was distributed to all attending which read as follows:
'Hope Trust and friends wish to show their support towards families, friends and colleagues who have lost loved ones to suicide. We want to express our profound sorrow at your loss . Whilst we know nothing can or will replace your loved one, we want you to know that you are not alone. There are many who care about the grief and pain you are experiencing.
Today we have walked across the Shannon River as a gesture of our concern. Carrying lights which symbolise life and hope, in the belief that out of the greatest darkness can come light. Your loss is our loss as well, our community are the ‘poorer’ that your loved one is no longer with us. Whilst we take time to remember them, we remember you who are still with us. We are choosing to pray for you at this time, trusting that God is close to the broken hearted and that He is able to comfort beyond human comfort. We desire that you experience hope for the future.
If there are those amongst us today who are struggling to hold onto life; who are in pain and feel that there is no purpose in their life, we ask you to hold on. We ask you to try again, reach out for help. We care about you and so does God. He has created you with purpose for your life and He, and we, care about you'.
The walk culminated in a street drama, corporate and individual prayer and an invitation to attend a support group for those who had lost loved ones to suicide. It was enthusiastically supported by all attending and was an encouragement of solidarity within the community.
We hope you are equally encouraged!
Sep 11, 2017
Counselling support for 20 suicidal Irish people
By Linda Rowett - Director
Bands for life
We have continued to counsel in the Athlone, Roscommon and Galway region. Thanks to the encouragement and support of the Global Giving donations we have new clients who are being seen. For the protection of clients’ confidentiality we cannot share details or pictures however we have permission to share some feedback from past and existing clients to assure you of the effectiveness of the service given :
“when I started counselling I was at my lowest ebb, without the strength, encouragement and belief my counsellor had in me, I don’t know how I would have gotten through a horrible time, she helped lift a dark cloud and I began to slowly like myself again”
It provided ..”the way out of a pit”
“Help was very good. I didn’t feel afraid to speak the truth. I felt relaxed and it has built my confidence so much. Helped me look at myself and live for me – a very helpful service”
“I felt totally understood. The warmth and sincerity I received was amazing. The power of inner healing prayer was powerful, not just counselling on its own”
Hope Trust are planning a candle lit walk over the Shannon River in Athlone on 31st October to celebrate life. We intend to host an event to support family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our desire is to give hope to, and to focus attention on, the living. We plan to commence a support group for the bereaved to assist in moving on and living life to the full despite their loss.
Thank you so much for partnering with us in providing this service. We have hope this will make a difference in the lives of people lost in despair.