Roscommon Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service is a new service in County Roscommon which will be launched on the 7th of September at 3.30 pm in Vita House Family Centre, Abbey St., Roscommon.
The service provides free and confidential support and assistance to individuals, families and communities grieving the death of a loved one by suicide in Co. Roscommon.
The keynote speaker for the launch is inspirational Leitrim native Breifne Earley, winner of 2014 Pedal the Planet World Cycle Race.
A few years ago, Breifne found himself depressed, lonely and unhappy in work and having regular suicidal thoughts. He decided he needed to sort his life out.
A couple of years later he found himself taking on the challenge of a lifetime – cycling around the planet to raise awareness of depression, mental health and suicide prevention. Please come along to hear about his life-changing journey.
There will be positive mental health stalls on the day also for people to browse & consult with such as: yoga & mindfulness, reflexology, fitness, nutrition, Roscommon Recovery College, Counselling teams from Vita House Family Centre & Boyle Family Life Centre. Light refreshments will be served on the day and everybody is welcome.
Roscommon SBLS is funded by the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention and is based in Vita House Family Centre Roscommon & Boyle Family Life Centre.
The service is supported and guided by key agencies such as An Garda Síochána, GP, Funeral Director, HSE Psychology Dept. and the Clergy. Most importantly, bereaved families and individuals are involved in the ongoing guidance and development of the service.
The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer can meet with a bereaved person at their request offering emotional support and/or information around practical issues following the death for example; role of the coroner, the inquest, the grieving process, how to speak to a child, support services available, etc. A bereavement support pack specific to County Roscommon is also currently being developed in collaboration with families who have been bereaved by suicide.