Shine A Light is made up of several highly motivated local people and representatives of both statutory and voluntary services. The establishment of Shine a Light for those involved represents a movement toward promotion of speaking openly and directly about suicide and related issues.
The main aim of the group is to continually work toward lowering the incidence of suicide in the communities represented and increase awareness around mental health and suicide.
It is the core belief of Shine a Light that community groups have a vital role to play in suicide prevention work and that it is simply not possible to progress any national level agenda without strong community engagement and active support.
Since its establishment Shine a Light Suicide Awareness Group has been continually growing and expanding while looking at ways of building supports which are easy to access and are affordable to the communities it serves.
Shine a Light Suicide Awareness Group provide the following local services:
Counselling at Low cost, through the Coiscéim Counselling service, provision of SafeTALK and ASIST Suicide Awareness Training.
The rolling out of bereavement support groups in communities and sign posting people to supports offered by other organisations. Ongoing promotion of positive mental health in the community through the use of information wallet cards, posters and leaflets. We also produce a play about the aftermath of a suicide called Bring Back Alive. We have had it performed in school and communities in Cork & County on more than 25 occasions since 2016