Healing The Loss
Screening of a new film by the Scottish Borders After A Suicide Working Group, followed by discussion around experiences of bereavement by suicide and suicide prevention.
What is ‘normality’ after losing someone to suicide? With estimates that up to 135 people can be affected by each suicide how can family, friends, health professionals and the wider community support one another and what has helped during this difficult time?
In this short film we explore places of special meaning where people remember their loved one lost to suicide. One such place is the Clootie Tree in the heart of the Scottish Borders where a group of people bereaved by suicide have come together in their shared experience and dedicated the tree to people who have died by suicide.
During the event guests will be introduced to the film by a member of the After A Suicide Working Group. Following the film the creators will discuss some of their hopes for what the film will achieve and challenges in developing the film. The panel will provide a call to action to guests to ask them to think about how they can play a role in suicide prevention. Guests will also be able to put forward questions to the panel about the film.
This film has been produced by Alchemy Film & Arts together with the After A Suicide Working Group – a group which consists of volunteers who have been bereaved by suicide and live in the Scottish Borders. The film and event have been supported by NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council.
This film will explore the issue of suicide. People who have been affected by suicide or have experienced suicidal thoughts may find the content of this event distressing. Support will be highlighted during the event and someone will be available to provide support during the course of the event.