Niamh Louise Foundation attend Families Voices Forum Event

Catherine McBennett, Grainne O’Neill and Denise Nicholl from the Niamh Louise Foundation were delighted to have attended the Families Voices Forum successful training weekend in the Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown in March 2014.

The Forum, who are supported by the PHA, are a regionally led group which aim to build the profile of those bereaved by suicide and give them the opportunity to get their voices heard by policy makers. They champion the right of those bereaved by suicide to ensure access to professional levels of care and support.

The 2 day event, which was attended by over 30 individuals from throughout Northern Ireland, gave participants the opportunity to reflect upon the future direction of the Forum and to use their personal journey and experiences to influence this.

Catherine McBennett, operational director of the Niamh Louise Foundation and Forum member commented, “In August 2006, I joined Families Voices Forum with the hope and aspirations to create change at government level so that the voices of families bereaved by suicide could be heard within a collective forum. From its beginnings, a lot of Saturdays were given up on a voluntary capacity by family members bereaved by suicide from all over Northern Ireland to collectively agree on five key aims for Families Voices to present to the government. I was delighted to have participated at the training weekend on 21st and 22nd March 2014, facilitated by the Clear Project, Eimear Teague, and Shauna Houston, which proved to be a very positive and structured event where everyone’s voice was heard and members of the Families Voices Forum left the event feeling energized, focused, positive, and determined to create change.

If you would like more information on the work of Families Voices Forum contact Eimear at

Pictured below are participants with key note speaker Christy Kenneally

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