Each year in Ireland around 500 people (C.S.O. 2020) 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, in 2017, the first HUGG group was setup. The demand for new groups grew, so after discussion and research HUGG was established in 10 February 2018, Milly’s birthday.
Coming to accept that loss is permanent, is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. You will never ‘get over’ the death of your loved one. But, with support and understanding you will find hope and learn to live with your grief.
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.