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Minister urges more support for those affected by suicide after death of local mother Samaritans contact details

Rev Brian AndersonA LOCAL Minister has again highlighted the importance of support being offered for people affected by a loved one losing their life to suicide.

Seymour Street Methodist minister Rev Brian Anderson was speaking after the sudden death of a mother whose teenage daughter took her own life last year.

Hilary Moulds, who leaves behind two sons, died last Sunday, April 11. Her 14-yearold daughter Kerry Moulds from Drumlough body was found in Hillsborough Forest Park by a member of the public last July. The Year 10 pupil at Dromore High School was described as being the "light of her mother's life".

Mr Anderson, who is in the process of setting up a suicide support group, said he had met Mrs Moulds and described as someone who had an "imaginative and creative mind".

The Minister pointed out he has no expertise in the area of suicide other than being a concerned person, "heartbroken for the tragedies that are unfolding before us". And he said he is in no way critical of anyone involved professionally but feels more must be done for our "young people, with concerned parents, affected families, statutory bodies and voluntary groups coming together, alongside community representatives, to do something more".

"That's all I am trying to do - gather together the people in our community who are so very concerned about the number of young people taking their own lives, and try to open some new avenues in the hope of stopping others. We are clearly not doing enough" he said.

A funeral service was held for Mrs Moulds in Roselawn Crematorium on Thursday morning.

A Police spokesperson said: "Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the discovery of a woman's body in the Drumlough area of Hillsborough at the weekend. There are no suspicious circumstances."

Anyone who feels they would like help can visit the Samaritans website , email or contact the 24-hour helpline number 08457 90 90 90.

Ulster Star