Big thank you from

Immediate response to minister's appeal
to help address suicide problem

Rev. Brian Anderson of Seymour Street Methodist ChurchTHERE. has been an immediate response to a Lisburn Minister's appeal for more to be done to prevent young people taking their own life.

Two weeks ago the Star reported the concerns of the of Seymour Street Methodist Church that a suicide culture was developing in the local community after his own church was involved in the funerals of three people in recent years.

He said he hoped to create a "platform for discussion" about the number of Young people in the Greater Lisburn area was are turning to suicide as a solution" to their many issues, and to "actually do something".

Mr Anderson wants to get a support group set up in Lisburn and says the feedback he has received from the local community has been encouraging. He commented: "I have been contacted by a number of people who got in touch to show their support. The general feeling is that there is definitely more to be done to help people."

He said that a couple of people with expert training were in touch as were parents whose children have taken their own lives and they all want to see more being done to help vulnerable people.

He continued: "Hopefully this has opened up a window for something to be done. It can only be a good thing."

Mr Anderson added: "Let's as a community say to our young people, 'You are important to us, you have so much to offer and we want your contribution within Lisburn to shine on.' Sadly, too many young lights are being extinguished far too early." If you want to be part of this, you can phone Rev Anderson on 92662303/ 07736715602. Email or write to him at 35 Mount Royal, Lisburn, BT27 5BF.

Ulster Star