A Mid Ulster woman who joined a suicide awareness walk from Derry to Belfast is urging those who need it, to seek help in January.
One of the peak times of year for suicide deaths, Nicole Devlin said there is plenty of help available from organisations like Citizen’s Advice and the Samaritans as well as more traditional medical routes.
After speaking at Mid Ulster’s Walk of Hope about her own experiences with suicide and depression, Nicole joined up with the Hike4HopeNI in Toome, and walked for two days to raise money for the charity Cycle for Suicide.
The aim of the hike was to spread the message “it’s ok not to feel ok”, whilst highlighting the link between poverty and death by suicide.
Organiser, Siobhan O’Neill, who completed all 70 plus miles, said the hike has so far raised £4,343 - but that the amount is likely to grow.
The money, she said, will be divided between Cycle for Suicide and the Samaritans.
A professor of Mental Health Sciences at University of Ulster, Magee, Siobhan added: “I study deaths by suicide based on an analysis of coroner’s data for six years, where we looked at the life events prior to death. Things like financial difficulties and relationship breakdown.
“Christmas is a difficult time of year for people, and coming into the new year... it’s definitely very relevant to be talking about this now.”