Programme 10th September 2012

 World Suicide Prevention Day is held on September 10th each year as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) the theme for this year’s event is

“Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope”

There are six main points of departure

SOS Hollywood Arches Library                              Leaving @ 5.00am

FASA 178 Shankill Rd                                             Leaving @ 5.15am

PIPS Estorial Park Ardoyne                                    Leaving @ 4.45am

Belfast LGBT Waring ST                                        Leaving @ 5.15am

Lighthouse Duncairn Gardens                                Leaving @ 5.15am

 Suicide Awareness & Support Falls Road             Leaving @ 5.15am

Programme Commencing @ 6am Belfast City Hall


Chair                                                  Tommy Holland

Song                                                     Aiden Logan

Keynote Speaker                              Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson

Young people’s perspective         Youth Group

Song                                                  Jim Weir – BALLOON RELEASE

Family Voices                                     Family Member

Invite to light breakfast                    Tommy Holland

Song                                                     Debra Morrison

September 10th, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Suicide Prevention Day: ten years of research, ten years of prevention, and ten years of education and dissemination of information

WSPD is of great significance in raising suicide awareness across Northern Ireland. In Belfast we are planning several initiatives to highlight the day. The Belfast wide activities have been organised by representatives from North, South, East and West Belfast which includes representation from the regional Families Voices forum.


The annual ‘Walk of Life’ event walking, ‘Out of the Darkness and into the Dawn” is a planned collective approach to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2012. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson will be the keynote speaker hosting the event at Belfast City Hall. Other groups from across the province will be in attendance to mark the day as one of hope and reflection. It is anticipated that the event will raise public awareness on the issue and highlight the ongoing work that is taking place to prevent suicide.

The walk is to signify walking through darkness and into the light as an expression of hope for those families and individuals affected by suicide. Groups from across Belfast and further afield from across N.I. will make their way to the City Hall where we will come together as an expression of support and solidarity to mark the day as a worldwide event.  

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