Portadown man Luke O’Hara had been living independently for months when the pandemic hit, but sadly his family found him dead last February. did.
Julia, who runs a conference on suicide within autism and other mental health issues within autism, said Luke was “an incredibly bright and loving kid who lives life a little differently than we do.” I was watching.”
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“Life was never the same for me, but that’s where the ball started rolling.
“I was determined to make a difference and raise awareness so that other mothers would not suffer like I lost my son. Autism Hive NI was born.
“We want to raise awareness of suicide in autism and mental health issues in autism and develop and offer courses and education in the workplace and school sectors.”
Autism Hive NI is specifically focused on people over the age of 13.
Julia says: “After the loss of my own son, I learned that 1 in 4 of her autistic adolescents experienced suicidal thoughts and 1 in 10 of them actually attempted suicide. I was shocked.”
Next month, on Thursday, October 6th, Austism Hive NI will hold its first meeting at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown from 10am to 4pm.
Speakers include Julia, Dr. Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Champion of Northern Ireland, and Andy Hazley (Learning Space).
Other guest speakers include MLA Robbie Butler and Rebecca McCullough.
Stalls will include guests from Papyrus, Learning Space, Eden Consultancy, Christians Against Poverty, Inspire, AMH New Horizons and more. Local politicians, as well as secondary and elementary school representatives from the Armagh, Bunbridge and Craigavon areas will participate.Anyone can attend by booking a ticket on eventbrite