Touching Suicide

  • The number one killer of young Irish men is not cancer, not road traffic deaths. It is Suicide.
  • Over 74 per cent of citizens knew somebody who died by suicide.
  • 60,000 people attempt to take their lives every year.
  • Suicide accounts for one in four deaths in 15 to 24 year old males.
  • Ireland has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe.
  • In Ireland our suicide numbers rose dramatically in 2009 and 2010.
  • A single suicide intimately affects at least six people.
  • Suicide isn’t “someone else’s problem”, it’s “everybody’s problem”. An individual dies, but a community is bereft.

Suicide is without doubt one of the saddest events in human experience. It leaves devastation in its wake as relatives, friends and communities struggle with feelings of shock, loss and rejection.
Individuals who lose a loved one to suicide (suicide bereaved) become preoccupied with the reason for the suicide while wanting to deny or hide the cause of death, wondering if they could have prevented it, feeling blamed for the problems that preceded the suicide, feeling rejected by their loved one, and stigmatised by others.

You are invited to attend a discussion on this important topic on Tuesday 20th March 2012 in the Parish Parlour, Marley Grange Parish. We especially invite young adults to attend what will be a very touching and informative discussion.

The  principal speaker will be CAROL ANNE MILTON Author Of  “THE COLDEST NIGHT”- A FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE OF SUICIDE, a book  written for parents, educators, pastoral care providers and for every young person who thinks that his/her life is not worth living and that he/she is not worth loving. It was written in order to tell the story of survival after the suicide of one’s child, as well as to pass on information from research into suicide and depression.

THIS IS OUR COMMUNITIES’ FIRST STEP IN RAISING AWARENESS OF SUICIDE AND THE SUICIDE BEREAVED.