Reflection area to be set up by suicide awareness group

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A Buncrana suicide awareness group has revealed it wants to help set up a memorial garden for families of people who have taken their own lives.

And they’ve also revealed how this year its focus is on men.

At last week’s Buncrana Town Council meeting Buncrana Community Combating Suicide spokesperson Denise Gallagner-Wood told councillors the group wished to establish a reflection point in the town for bereaved families and the wider community.

She said: “What we want to do is work with the families and ask you help to develop a memorial space for people who have lost loved ones.”

The group suggested the reflection area is set up along the Shore Front’s summer seats area. They said the envisaged a space for people to go and reflect.

The group also revealed it’ll be hosting a ‘Feel Good Fortnight’ which will entail a number of events to encourage people to keep their minds active.

Ms Gallagner-Wood said: “What we’re trying to do is give people an opportunity to engage in something that promotes their well being. There are things like yoga, zumba or boot camp - all that kind of stuff is going on as well as arts and crafts workshops. It’s about getting businesses and shops involved in the community too.”

The group said it’s strongly supporting the ‘MensShed’ project - which is being set up in Inishowen.

She said this initiative helps men who are out of work keep their minds active by taking part in a variety of workshops, such as fixing up old bikes.

Mayor Nicholas Crossan thanked the group for attending the meeting and said he was impressed with the work it has done and plans to do. He said: “You are one of the voluntary organisations in Buncrana that works behind the scenes and I don’t think the work you carry out could be measured. Everybody knows it has to be done and it takes people to go out and do it.