East Cork ‘Lighting the Way’ Booklet Launch

The official launch of the East Cork edition of the “Lighting the Way” booklet was held at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork on November 22nd.20171122_103219

This is one of five Cork regional booklets, which provides relevant community and support information to those bereaved through suicide.

This booklet came about as a collaboration between a number of community organisations in East Cork. It is supported by an Garda Siochana, the HSE Community Works Department and the National Office of Suicide Prevention as well as ‘Connecting for Life‘, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide (2015-2020).

“Lighting the Way” contains useful information about a range of supports that can be accessed in the community in the aftermath of a suicide, including details of how to make contact with services and what to expect when you do.

The booklet also national details supports such as websites, helpline contact info along with other supports offered locally such as bereavement support groups and training around suicide awareness and prevention.

The Mayor of Cork County, Declan Hurley; Cork City Mayor Tony Fitzgerald and Sinead Glennon, HSE Head of Mental Health Services Cork and Kerry were among those in attendance. They also delivered talks on the importance of community collaboration in helping to tackle the issue of suicide while also addressing the resources that are available to support those bereaved by suicide in the local communities
GROW was invited along to showcase our organisation and was represented by Southern Region Area Coordinator Finola O’Callaghan, who provided information on the support services that we offer in the community through our peer support meetings.

The “Lighting The Way” booklet is currently being distributed to services throughout East Cork and is available to download here.