Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People

by Hope Trust
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Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People
Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People
Counselling Help to 20 Suicidal Irish People

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!

 

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Bands for life
Bands for life

Celebrating 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. 

Celebrating life - life matters!
Celebrating life - life matters!
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