The Family Support and Suicide Prevention Response Project works across the Greater Shankill area supporting people after a loss to suicide. The project is the lead in managing the local Community Response Plan which responds to families and community needs after a suicide has occurred.

We deliver accredited and bespoke training and awareness-raising sessions across the local community, including:

  • Top Tips

Bespoke training includes:

  • Grief and healing
  • Self-harm
  • Stress
  • Promoting positive mental health workshops

Our service provision includes:

  • Home Visiting across the Greater Shankill Area
  • Listening Ear Sessions
  • Delivery of complementary therapy sessions.

Family Support and Suicide Prevention Response Facilitate

The SAFE group: This is a peer-led support group which meets each Tuesday in the Hammer Community Centre, from 7-9pm. Family members work together to raise awareness on the issue of suicide, build support around other families bereaved by suicide and organise events to highlight the issue and promote recovery.


Hope 4 Youth: Connecting young people who have been impacted by suicide or poor mental health and well-being in peer-led support. The group engages in activities which will promote social inclusion, harm reduction and training to increase the young people’s knowledge on the issues they may experience that could have the potential to impact on their wellbeing.

Some of the topics the young people have engaged with include:

  • Bullying awareness
  • First Aid
  • Community Safety
  • Internet Safety
  • Healthy Eating
  • Photography Projects
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan®
  • Social and recreational activities

Dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings

SUPPORTING: Communities

HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE? Referrals to this service are made via the Belfast Trust’s Mental Health Promotion Practitioner/Suicide Bereavement Coordinator.

Self-referrals are also possible, and referrals can also be made via the local Community Response Plan volunteers.


Family Support and Suicide Prevention Response
Hammer Community Centre
Agnes Street,
BT13 1GG

Extern Crisis helpline, tel: 0800 085 4808

Tel: Calli Yohanis 0744 253 0576 

Email: [email protected]

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