A special memorial service for family and friends to remember people lost to suicide will be held at the Sydney Opera House this Thursday.

The service, which is run by suicide prevention training service Wesley LifeForce, is now in its 20th year and has attracted up to 500 people.

Rev Keith Garner, CEO of Wesley Mission, said recovery or healing from suicide can be extremely difficult.

“The road to healing is not only long, but can be bumpy with many obstacles in the way," he said. "However by drawing upon inner-resources and by being in touch with our feelings, we can find an appropriate attitude to the past, the present and the future."

He said Wesley LifeForce Memorial Service was "an opportunity to provide comfort to those bereaved by suicide, to help reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to honour the memory of their loved ones".

Rev Garner will deliver the keynote address at the service which will also hear from Diane Gaddin who lost a daughter through suicide. Those attending will have the chance to throw a flower into Sydney Harbour in memory of their loved one or friend and have the opportunity to leave a message on the Wesley LifeForce Memorial Wall. Counsellors will be in attendance.

The service will take place on the northern broadwalk of the Sydney Opera House between noon and 1pm on 14th September. 

For help or information call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.