Suicide play goes international

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The suicide awareness project ‘No Goodbyes’, which has toured the NW for the last four years, is now accessible throughout Ireland and beyond - thanks to Derry-based writing and drama group, Handful Productions, and the support of the Big Lottery Fund.

A DVD of the award- winning performance piece, made by Derry-based film company Brassneck Productions, is being made available to schools, health organisations and youth and community groups, on the same conditions as the live performance - that mental health professionals and volunteers are among the audience to deal with issues it may raise.

Handful’s co-founder, local writer Felicity McCall, devised the piece along with people bereaved by suicide and survivors of suicide, who wanted their voice to be heard and understood.

“Demand for ‘No Goodbyes’ always exceeds the practicalities and cost involved of touring it,” she said, “So we are delighted that it can now be accessed on demand for a nominal charge.”

‘No Goodbyes’ was instigated by Steer Mental Health, Derry, in the autumn of 2007 as a response to the increase in death by suicide, especially among young men.

Funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Healthy Minds programme, it aims to encourage open and honest debate on suicide awareness in a supportive and safe atmosphere.

Copies of the DVD ( which lasts approximately half an hour) are available for £4.50 For further information contact Handful on felicitymccall@hotmail.com.