Larne Baptist Church is to hold a talk on suicide and depression awareness entitled Hope for the Hopeless next Friday evening.
The talk will be given by Colin Cooper of the Niamh Louise Foundation, whose 17-year-old son Matthew tragically lost his battle with severe depression just over three years ago.
Colin will share how he coped with this tragedy, which he describes as “the most difficult time that we as a family have ever experienced.”
Colin’s talk will highlight in a very practical and realistic way that there is help and hope when dealing with these issues..
He will also tell of the difference his Christian faith has made as he and his family continue to live with the loss of Matthew, who he describes as a “fun-loving person” and “a wonderful musician.”
Pastor Simon Curry of Larne Baptist Church said the church wanted to offer support to those dealing with depression and suicide.
“Our chuch isn’t here to pretend that these things don’t happen, we want to offer support and we believe that ultimately the answers are found in Jesus Christ,” he stated.
“We want to offer support to people and bring them to Christ.
“It is the duty of church groups to help those who are struggling and those who are vulnerable.”
The free event will take place on Friday November 18 from 8pm-9pm in the church hall with refreshments served afterwards.
The event is open to all.