29 May 2017
Day for Life

DAY FOR LIFE


Sunday 4th October is Day for Life - the day dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life from conception to natural death.  This year the focus is on suicide....

 

Building upon last year’s theme of mental health, this year’s Day for Life aims to raise awareness of the vital role to be played by families and supportive parish communities in sustaining those who may be struggling to cope.  The Day also aims to help reduce the number of myths associated with mental illness, depression and suicide.  It emphasises the importance of encouraging people to seek professional help if they are troubled by persistent suicidal feelings....

Someone may feel that life is so painful or hopeless that it is not worth living.  But with appropriate help and support these feelings do subside.  ‘Suicide should never be romanticised, promoted or encouraged.  On the other hand, attempting suicide  is typically the act of a desperate person and it should be greeted with compassion rather than with blame.’ (Cherishing Life, 181).....

If you are concerned about someone with suicidal feelings, ph Midland Living Links 0861600641, the Samaritans 1850609090,  or consult your GP.  Your local parish and priests will be able to offer pastoral an social support.
(Irish Catholic Bishops Conference)