Connecting for Life - Carlow

Connecting for Life is the national strategy for suicide prevention from 2015 to 2020. It sets out the Irish Government’s vision for suicide prevention, the expected outcomes over the next five years and the actions that will be taken to prevent suicide and self-harm in Ireland. 

Suicide Prevention is an issue of huge importance to communities across Ireland. Carlow is experiencing suicide rates that are higher than the national average. A Suicide Prevention Action Plan, which will mirror the national strategy, will be developed for Carlow. The Carlow action plan will track its progress against the national primary and intermediate outcomes.

Suicide prevention in Carlow - have your say

A series of public meetings will be held over the coming weeks to develop a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Carlow. These public meetings will be hosted by community partners to help identify local needs and to develop a local strategy that can improve mental health and prevent suicidal behaviour in Carlow.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and to help shape our local response in Carlow. If we work together on the development of the local action plan for Carlow it will be far more effective when it comes to implementing the action plan,” says Ms. Tracy Nugent, HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention.

Ms. Joanne Donohoe from Carlow County Development Partnership advises, “Alongside the public meetings, we will be speaking to priority and vulnerable groups including young people and groups who are experiencing social exclusion and who may need extra support.”

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 17th. These public meetings will be facilitated by Sinead Doody, Independent Consultant in conjunction with Carlow Suicide Prevention Planning Group, a group that includes members from relevant statutory, community and voluntary organisations. The following are the key areas identified by the National Strategy and will be discussed at each meeting:

• Promoting a better understanding of suicidal behavior and mental health
Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
• Using targeted approaches to support those vulnerable to suicidal behaviour

Public meetings

Details for each of the public meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 17th 10 am to 12 noon: Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre
  • Wednesday, January 18th 2 to 4 pm: Teach Brìd, Tullow
  • Wednesday, January 18th 7.30 to 9.30 pm: The Vocational School, Borris 
  • Wednesday, January 25th 7.30 to 9.30 pm: The Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow 
  • Thursday, January 26th 7.30 to 9.30 pm: Colàiste Eoin, Hacketstown

All you need to do is arrive at one of the meetings and bring your ideas and thoughts on suicide prevention and the promotion of positive mental health in our communities.

Click here to download the meeting poster.

Make a written submission

If you cannot attend a meeting, you are invited to make a written submission outlining your concerns/ ideas. 

You can provide your views by completing this questionnaire and returning it to us at the address provided at the bottom of the form. At the end of the public consultation process, we will gather all the views received and develop actions which respond to the issues identified.

For further details on the consultation process and guidance on how to make a written submission please email: tracy.nugent@hse.ie

Take part in an online survey

Alternatively you can complete a quick online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/connectingforlifecarlow

Find support

For help or support you can contact the Samaritans on Free Phone 116 123 or log on to www.yourmentalhealth.ie