Alliance Councillor David Armitage has welcomed a group taking part in a hike to raise suicide awareness to Belfast City Hall.
Members of Hike4HopeNI completed their walk from Londonderry to Belfast over five days – covering 11-20 miles each day – ending with a special reception at Belfast City Hall.
Hike4HopeNI aims to highlight the links between housing issues and mental health, spreading the message that it’s ok to ask for help, especially at this time of year.
Councillor David Armitage said: “I’m delighted to have organised this special reception for those taking part in this event to raise suicide awareness.
“Christmas can be a lonely time for many and it is essential that those feeling low at this time of year know they can speak out, ask for help and that there are people there to listen.
“Many have personal experience of overcoming suicide, or have friends and family members who will not be with them this Christmas. This time of year can be difficult for many people, so the message this winter is it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.
“I hope people are touched by the commitment of the walkers and the positive message that they bring. If people need to talk over the Christmas period I would urge them to get in touch with Lifeline.”