Each year in Ireland around 400 people (C.S.O. 2018) take their own life – each suicide has a devastating and lasting impact on their families, friends and communities.
In January 2016, 11-year-old Milly Tuomey died by suicide. Devastated by her sudden death, Milly’s mother Fiona searched for a suicide support group in Dublin to help her with her grief but could not find one. So, after much discussion, research and support HUGG was established in February 2017.
Coming to accept that this loss is permanent, is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. You will not ‘get over’ this loss. But, with support and understanding you can grow around your loss.
Mission & Vision
OUR VISION IS: Hope and healing for anyone bereaved by suicide.
OUR MISSION IS: To offer hope and healing by providing information, telephone support and local peer support groups led by volunteers with lived experience.
To engage with suicide research, to better inform public policy and improve bereavement services.
To collaborate with professionals and organisations in the bereavement sector to advance best practice.
To raise public awareness about suicide bereavement and be a voice for those bereaved by suicide.
To advocate for change in how state institutions engage and support with those bereaved by suicide.
We Can Help
HUGG is a self-help organisation. We provide a safe, confidential environment in which those bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings, and thereby giving and gaining support from each other.. The aftermath of a suicide is shocking, debilitating, surreal, life changing. But you can learn to live with this loss. It is not easy, but we are here to help.