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Hope(d) to mark World Suicide Night with signed balloons release

Cllr. Jacinta O'Sullivan presents a Civic Award to Sean O'Sullivan, with John Johnson and Liz Donohue of the Hope(d) Counselling Service pictured at Naas Town Council Civic and Community Awards Presentation Night in Naas Town Hall, Friday, March 7.                                   Photo Tony Keane.

Cllr. Jacinta O'Sullivan presents a Civic Award to Sean O'Sullivan, with John Johnson and Liz Donohue of the Hope(d) Counselling Service pictured at Naas Town Council Civic and Community Awards Presentation Night in Naas Town Hall, Friday, March 7. Photo Tony Keane.

The Newbridge based charity helping people and families suffering from depression and suicide bereavement, Hope(d), will mark World Suicide Night on September 10 next by releasing balloons into the nights sky at 10pm at the Greyhound Stadium.

The evening will also involve a candle lit walk of the track and there will be a tree where people can leave the names of late loved ones.

“The balloons will be signed with the names of people who have passed and released at 10pm sharp,” said Sean O’Sullivan founder of Hope(d) which is now based at 2 Henry Street.

“It is a nostaglic night for people who have lost somebody. The Parish choir will also be there. It will be nice for people. Everyone is affected by suicide. We have seen a big increase in the number of people coming to us for counselling. People come from all over including Dublin, and Laois - it is amazing as there is no other service like us, offering what we are offering around. I don’t know of any. We take in people going through trauma to have a chat and not just people who have lost people from suicide. We have people coming in who are going through financial and relationship trauma.”

The donation based services include counselling, suicide support group, acupuncture, twin hearts meditation and in-home support for families recently bereaved by suicide by experienced people. They also have a new helpline number 1800855834.

“There is a lot of sadness out there and we hope to help with that. People are stressed out after a suicide in the family and they often can’t sleep so we offer accupunture. There needs to be change at government level towards mental health and the inquest system needs to be overhauled. The stigma is still massive and that needs to be addressed.”

 

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