Hug A Bear

HUG A BEAR FOR HOPE – Suicide Prevention/Fundraising Campaign

Covid has seen the mental health crisis in our country deepen even further with a number of local tragedies highlighting the problem and the woeful lack of resources needed to tackle it.

I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and came up with the‘Hug A Bear’ campaign.

The idea is that people take photos or videos of themselves hugging a teddy bear, maybe with a message, or not, saying who the hug is for, post it on social media tagging and challenging others to do likewise and donating to the ‘Hug a Bear’ GoFundMe page.

As children some of our problems were lessened by getting a hug, when we comfort someone we give them a hug, it makes you feel less alone and that someone cares. Hugs can be very powerful. Unfortunately with the current restrictions in place many people could do with a hug or want to give one but can't. There are also people we hold in our hearts that we will never be able to hug again. This is an opportunity to send a virtual hug while helping to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

Sometimes our problems become too big for hugs to cope with and we need organisations like PIPS, SOSAD and Pieta House. They do amazing work and help so many people each year but they also need our help sometimes and now is one of these times.

I am asking everyone young and old to dust down their old bear, if you don’t have a bear use a pillow or even hug a tree. Take a photo or a video, write a message and use #HugABear #Hug4Hope. Challenge others to do the same and go to and donate what you can.

All donation revived will be split evenly among the charities or if you comment on the Go Fund Me with the specific charities or local area you would like the donation to go then that will be honored..

Covid may be contagious but so too is HOPE. Let’s spread the HOPE


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  • Louise Gordon 
    • €20 
    • 8 d
  • Claire Carroll  
    • €5 
    • 8 d
  • Brian O 
    • €10 
    • 9 d
  • Gráinne O hanrahan  
    • €10 
    • 10 d
  • Catherine Larkin 
    • €10 
    • 10 d
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