Suicide awareness training in Newry

Posted by
Friday, May 12th, 2017
flourishClergy and those who work for churches across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to take part in specially tailored suicide awareness training. Sessions are being hosted in the coming year by suicide prevention group ‘Flourish!’ Flourish! is a partnership between clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland and the suicide prevention charity Lighthouse.
  The initiative has the support of the leaders of the four larger churches in Ireland and has been developed in partnership with and supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA).
Article continues below:
25th March 2017“Flourish! aims to support churches to develop a shared approach to addressing the needs of people affected by suicide,” said Gabrielle Rawashdeh, Senior Health and Wellbeing Improvement Officer with the PHA.
  “Every day, clergy and those involved with churches provide pastoral support to help people facing life’s biggest challenges, such as death, job loss and family breakdown. Their unique role offers an opportunity to help people at risk of suicide but who may not initially seek support from mental health professionals or even family members.” Jo Murphy, Co-ordinator at Lighthouse, said that churches can make a huge contribution to suicide prevention. “We hope that churches will join us at the four upcoming sessions and invite clergy, church youth workers, church lay leaders, lay pastoral workers and other church staff from all churches to attend.”
  The training day includes a theology-based module and also a section on pastoral care. All sessions will be held between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Sessions for 2017/18 will take place as follows:
  • 4 May 2017, Ballymena Methodist, Ballymena;
  • 19 September 2017, Dromantine, Newry;
  • 3 October 2017, Edgehill Theological College, Belfast;
  • 28 February 2018, Omagh Enterprise Centre, Omagh.
To register please call Lighthouse on 028 90 755070 or email
Article continues below:
25th March 2017 Box AdvertFurther information on Flourish is available at
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in