Lighting the Way,a resource for people bereaved through suicide West Cork

A new resource for families and friends of people bereaved through suicide is now available in West Cork.

‘Lighting the Way West Cork - An information resource for people bereaved through suicide’ was launched recently in Bantry by Mr Aidan Warner Principal Community Worker, Cork South Community Work Department, HSE Community Health Organisation Cork/Kerry.

The information booklet aims to improve the level of information and support available in the community following a death by suicide.

‘Lighting the Way’ West Cork contains useful information about the range of supports that can be accessed in the community in the aftermath of a suicide, how to make contact with services and what to expect when you do. The booklet lists national supports such as websites, helpline contact details along with other supports offered locally such as bereavement support groups and training around suicide awareness and prevention.

The pack was produced through a partnership between HSE Community Work Departments, Health Action Zone (HAZ) initiative with An Garda Síochána and steering group members Bantry Bay Lions Club, Foroige, Dunmanway Family Resource Centre, Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre, The Caha Centre, West Cork Travellers. Additional development support was offered by Uillinn West Cork Arts centre and West Cork Mental Health Services. 

Welcoming the publication of the new resource, Sinead Glennon, the HSE’s head of Mental Health Services for Cork/Kerry said:

“We can now offer a solid resource pack to those who may need to provide support to family or friends of a loved one who has died by suicide. The pack will be used by the Gardaí, health professionals and others who are liaising with people bereaved by suicide. It will provide practical information about accessing supports locally and nationally and it will also be of benefit to other colleagues in the community as a signposting resource and information pack.”

Launching the new resource, Aidan Warner Principal Community Worker Cork South Community Work Department HSE South said:

“This is a user-friendly resource pack with supports, both local and national, for those bereaved through suicide as well as information on the process involved after the death is an excellent model of partnership in action. I am delighted the HSE Community Work Departments, Health Action Zone (HAZ), An Garda Siochana and all the voluntary organizations have joined forces yet again to help and support families who have been bereaved by suicide”

Gerry Raleigh, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) said:

“Losing someone to suicide is one of the most devastating things that you can experience. The feelings and emotions can be more painful and seem to last longer than with other causes of death. Having the support of other people is crucial in healing from a loss. This resource will help people in South Cork identify the choices available in their community to aid and assist them with their bereavement.”

‘Lighting the Way’ was developed in response to specific actions outlined in the Reach Out: Ireland National Strategy for Action on Suicide prevention 2005 - 2014. This strategy emphasised the provision of support to An Gardaí Síochána who are often the first to be called to the scene of a suspected suicide. Lighting the Way is designed to be used by a range of services locally and nationally including An Gardaí Síochána, HSE frontline staff, community services listed within the resource itself as well as various national and city/county wide.

Connecting for Life: Ireland’s current National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015 - 2020 has a vision which also encompasses and emphasises the continued support of persons, families and communities bereaved through suicide. Lighting the Way continues to be an important support resource to all those affected by a bereavement through suicide.

Click here to read information booklet

Last updated on: 16 / 12 / 2016