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
To support adults who have been bereaved by suicide by reducing isolation and stigma and promoting resilience and healing.
We aim to achieve this by:
(a) The provision of evidence-based peer support groups to promote social connection and coping mechanisms through the lived experience of others;
(b) Education and training for suicide bereaved adults to promote post-traumatic growth and increase the pool of volunteers available to facilitate new peer groups where needed;
(c) Information and awareness of suicide bereavement through our website, social media and literature for the suicide bereaved and appropriate professionals and agencies;
(d) Liaising and exchanging information with similar groups in Ireland and abroad;
(e) Encouraging and participating in suicide postvention research.
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, so 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.