Helping the ones who love: The importance of empathy towards those living with a suicidal loved one

Three of our team, Nicole Walsh, Rachel Hanson and Jennifer Murray, are hosting a session at Edinburgh’s Festival of Empathy on June 18th, 4-5pm in the Glass Room at Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus.

The session will explore the feelings and experiences of those who have experience of living with a suicidal loved one, and the impact that empathy, or a lack of empathy, might have on their lives. We will show a short artistic film that has been developed using our research findings and own lives experiences, and will discuss this as a whole group. We will then break into smaller groups to explore what empathy means in this situation. These discussions will be fully facilitated in a non-judgemental atmosphere.

This event is part of the Edinburgh Festival of Empathy run by Edinburgh Development Group and funded by the Big Lottery.

The festival is offering lots of welcoming, interactive and free events from Empathy Meals to workshops on empathy through listening, drama, photography, dance and even laughter! Check out the full programme

For more information about our event, visit the Facebook page:'s Empathy