A BEREAVED Thurrock mum has started up a counselling group for people who are affected by suicide.
Emma Lilley is founder of the group called ‘Wings’ that offers help and support for those who have been affected by tragedy.
Emma Lilley, said: “My son, Lee, took his own life in August 2017, it has left my family devastated and so many questions left unanswered , I couldn’t find anywhere to meet other families or friends that had been affected by suicide, I was offered bereavement counselling but found myself in groups with people that had lost loved ones due to illnesses.
“I managed to get myself through a self-development course and set myself a goal of starting up a group where families, who have been affected by suicide, can meet up and chat and be open about what we have been through and discover ways of pushing forward. I am delighted that Shane has agreed to become a volunteer for the group.
“I would also like to offer the opportunity to have guest speakers from the mental health service.”
Local Thurrock Independent councillor, and mental health tutor, Shane Ralph (pictured with Emma) said: “Suicide is a devastating end to somebody’s life, but it leaves behind a lot of pain and suffering for families and friends.
“Groups like this are so needed. I am proud to offer any assistance I can to this group. This group can be the first line of defence in suicide itself. Those who are affected by suicide can often begin to see this as an ‘out’ option from their own suffering. ”
WINGS runs every other Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm. The current location is Efe’s cafe in Stanford-le-Hope . For more information contact Emma on 07795341730