A film screening and discussion event, being held on 4 May from 12pm-1pm via Zoom, will focus on the experiences of people who are bereaved by suicide in the Scottish Borders. This event will be showcased as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

The short film Healing the Loss explores places of special meaning where people remember their loved one lost to suicide. One such place is the Clootie Tree which is in the grounds of the Haining in Selkirk. Here 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.

This film has been produced by Alchemy Film & Arts together with the After A Suicide Working Group. The After a Suicide Working Group is a group of volunteers with lived experience of bereavement by suicide who live in the Scottish Borders.

Rachael Disbury, Co-Director of Alchemy Film & Arts said: “Healing The Loss is an honest, compassionate, informative and hopeful film, made possible by the After a Suicide Working Group’s generous sharing of their own experiences, with the important aim to reach anyone who has experienced bereavement by suicide, has supported someone bereaved by suicide, or would like to find out more information.”

12pm-1pm via Zoom. To book tickets go to https://alchemyfilmandarts.org.uk/healing-the-loss/

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival runs from the 3-21 May 2021. To find out more about the events running as part of the programme go to https://www.mhfestival.com/

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs) national helpline is available to support anyone over 18 who has been bereaved by suicide. Their helpline is open every day 9am-9pm on 0300 111 5065 and you can contact Gwen, the local coordinator on scottishborders@uksobs.org

If you are feeling suicidal or suspect that someone you know is considering suicide, contact Samaritans on 116 123 (24 hours) or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 (lines open 24 hours at weekends and 6pm to 2am on weekdays).