The Tree of Hope held a candlelight vigil for World Suicide Prevention Day last night September 10th. The vigil took place at Dodder Valley Park opposite Ahern’s Pub at 9pm, just as it started to get dark.
The aim of the vigil was to remember loved ones sadly gone too soon through suicide and to provide support to people living with mental health issues. There was a great turn out and many people brought framed pictures of their loved ones who have passed away, to show their love and support.
Attendees also brought balloons with messages written on them as well as candles which they lit to remember their loved ones. Mayor Sarah Holland was there to represent the South Dublin County Council in support of the vigil and the work that Tree of Hope does within the community and further afield.
The vigil included songs and speeches made before the balloons were released into the night sky, marking another memorable candle light vigil to remember loved ones passed.
The resounding message of the event was ‘remember its ok not to feel ok’. This is the third annual Tree of Hope vigil mass.
A video was made of the event and is available to watch on the link below.