Launch of Louth Dedicated Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Posted on 31 Aug 2023

HUGG provides a free, non-judgemental, and safe space where people bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings and receive and offer support to each other. All HUGG support groups are led by local trained volunteers with lived experience of suicide bereavement. 

Bereavement by suicide shares characteristics with other bereavements but it is also different. Being among others who understand this grief can bring comfort, and in time hope and healing, for some it can be lifesaving. HUGG focuses on “postvention”, a specific form of intervention which is provided after a suicide in recognition of the increased risk of suicidal ideation among the bereaved family, friends, and community.

Dundalk locals Emily McDonnell and Pauline Gallagher and Drogheda local Sarahmarie Kerr will co-facilitate HUGG Louth. The support group will initially take place monthly, with the first meeting on Tuesday September 19th 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It will be a hybrid meeting, allowing people to meet in-person or online. Anyone wishing to join HUGG Louth can simply fill in the registration here, or email requesting a call back. Once registered a member of the HUGG Team will be in touch with all the details and to answer any questions.

The New HUGG Group will be based in Dundalk. We hope that the group will greatly benefit the local community and the surrounding areas including those living in Ardee, Drogheda, Carlingford, Blackrock and parts of Meath including Duleek, Slane, and Donore.