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This website has been produced by ‘Flourish!’- A Churches’ Initiative on Suicide developed by the Lighthouse Ireland,Churches’ Community Work Alliance NI, clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland. The website and resources have been developed in partnership with and supported by the Public Health Agency.
The initiative has received the ‘support and encouragement’ of the Four Church Leaders in Ireland.
‘Churches are at the forefront in caring for families and communities who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. This support, which takes many forms, is long term and holistic. The project aims to enhance this support through training, awareness raising and helpful liturgical initiatives...it has the potential to make an important contribution to the care of many in our society.’(The Four Church Leaders in Ireland, 2013)
‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’ Psalm 34:18
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I commend Flourish as a very helpful and practical resource that will assist ministers and pastors in our pastoral response to suicide as we endeavour to support the families of those who take their own lives.
Chris - Whitehead, ,
When a young 16 year old man who was a regular member of our Drop-In Centre took his own life, I found it very difficult to articulate words of comfort that I felt adequately conveyed God’s love and care for his bereaved parents and siblings. This one stop Flourish resource which provides helpful information as well as useful prayers, Bible passages and sermon outlines would have been an enormous help not only for me as a pastor, but for me as a person directly affected by this kind of sudden death. I commend Flourish as a very helpful and practical resource that will assist ministers and pastors in our pastoral response to suicide as we endeavour to support the families of those who take their own lives. Rev Mervyn Ewing is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church in Ireland and Team Leader of Jennymount Methodist Church and the First Step Centre situated in Lower North Belfast.
Vincent - Belfast, ,
Many people find talking to someone else is the best way to get help. It doesn’t have to be a specific person – It just needs to be someone you can trust. It could be a friend, partner, family member, colleague, tutor, supervisor, counsellor, practice nurse, doctor or a helpline. At Lighthouse – we are here for you, to help you get the support and advice you need on issues relating to self harm, suicide, bereavement or feeling down. Get in touch today with Lighthouse and take the first step…http://lighthouseireland.org
The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/