Group pictured at launch of Horizons

Horizons Launch photograph

Horizons Launch

Saturday 20th November was internationally known as “Suicide survivor’s day” and it was chosen to be the day to launch Horizons - A vision for suicide support and awareness in Lisburn.

The crisp night air gave the perfect setting in Castle Gardens for the launch and around 80 people were joined by the Mayor of Lisburn, Paul Porter and the Special Guest, Lynda Bryans.

The evening was divided into two parts. The first was to remember the loved ones who had taken their life. With words and prayers, Chair of the Group, Rev Brian Anderson led proceedings, which was followed by Jim Weir of FASA who powerfully sang 'Amazing Grace'. During the singing a lantern was set of into the dark sky to symbolically say “the light of life will share with the darkness of suicide.

Led by Lynda, the group then made there way by candle Light procession the short distance to the Island Centre, where they heard the sweet singing of the Lisburn Ladies Choir, who greeted the walkers at the entrance. The use of the facilities at the Island Centre was given courtesy of the Mayor.

The formal second part of the launch included the background to the group, informing people that Horizons wished to be a support for people affected by suicide, through an informal fortnightly 'Drop-in' at the Bridge Community Centre. As the group develops other services will be provided.

Lynda Bryan’s spoke movingly about her own journey through mental illness, highlighting the need to do all we can to remove the stigma that sadly comes to suffers of depression and she allied suicide with it. She congratulated the committee of Horizons on their caring attitude and hoped they would be a help to those dealing with so many complex issues.

Kevin Bailey, Suicide prevention co-ordinator for the Trust and committee member, brought the launch to a close finishing with a poem 'We remember them'.

Tea shortbread and chat brought the evening to a close.