Connecting for Life - Cavan

Connecting for Life is the national strategy for suicide prevention and sets a minimum target of a 10% reduction in the suicide rate in Ireland by 2020.

Too many people in Cavan have either been directly or indirectly affected by suicide and we recognise that every death by suicide has a devastating effect on families and the whole community. We want Cavan to be a happier, healthier place where suicide is a very rare occurrence.

The HSE, in partnership with local organisations and community and voluntary groups is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Cavan. Although there has been a lot of work ongoing in the county, there is still much that can be done to promote good mental health, prevent further suicide deaths and support those who are bereaved by suicide. A key part of the development of this plan is providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to have their say regarding what should be included.

During the month of October and early November, we are asking people to get involved and contribute their knowledge and expertise to this challenging issue. There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Attending one of the community consultation meetings listed below.
  • Completing and returning a postcard – copies will be distributed widely throughout the county in libraries, health centres, public service centres, family resource centre etc.
  • Completing an online survey which can be accessed at
  • Or get a paper survey by contacting (049) 437 8300.
  • Attending a county wide consultation workshop which is being held on Wednesday 12th October, from 1.30 to 5.00 p.m. in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cavan.
  • Specific workshops will also be held for particular groups, including mental health service users, Travellers, young people, members of the LGBT community and people bereaved by suicide.

 The outcome from the consultation will be the development of a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Cavan. This will take account of the issues and priorities identified locally, while also reflecting the goals and objectives of the national strategy, Connecting for Life.

A Suicide Prevention Steering Group for Cavan and Monaghan has been set up to support the process of developing local plans. This group has representatives from all sectors of the community, including Cavan County Council, Youth Services, Family Resource Centres, community, education, and various services within the HSE.

Members of this Group are very keen to hear your views on what we can do together to improve the mental health of people living in Cavan and reduce the loss of lives through suicide.

 Your invitation to our Suicide Prevention Workshops





Monday 17th October,   7–9pm

Becks Court


Tuesday 18th October,   7–9pm

Council Chamber


Thursday 27th October,   7–9pm

HSE Community Services building


Tuesday 1st November,   7–9pm

Focus Family Resource Centre


Thursday 3rd November, 7–9pm

Virginia Show Centre


Monday 7th November,   7–9pm

Trivia House


Wednesday 9th November, 8–10pm

Realtog Centre

 Don’t forget you can also:

 Your input could make the difference to your local community, family and friends.

The closing date for sending us your feedback is Friday 18th November 2016.

 Our vision and goals

Connecting for Life Cavan is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as the national strategy.


"A county where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.”

Strategic goals

  1. To improve the county's understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing.
  2. To support local communities' capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour.
  3. To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups.
  4. To enhance accessibility, consistency and care pathways of services for people vulnerable to suicidal behaviour.
  5. To ensure safe and high-quality services for people vulnerable to suicide.
  6. To reduce and restrict access to means of suicidal behaviour.
  7. To improve surveillance, evaluation and high quality research relating to suicidal behaviour.

Each goal is based on the achievement of a set of supporting objectives.

Primary outcomes

  1. Reduced suicide rate in the whole population of Cavan and amongst specified priority groups.
  2. Reduced rate of presentations of self-harm in the whole population of Cavan and amongst specified population groups.

Help is at hand in County Cavan

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis?

In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or the person you are concerned about.

You can get professional help through:

The local G.P. Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the online service finder. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages.

If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. out of hours service. North East Doctor On Call - 1850 777 911.

Hospital emergency services: Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.

HSE Mental Health services: If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.

Listening service: Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support please free call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland, visit for details of the nearest branch.

You might need to try a few options before you find appropriate support but don't give up trying - there is help available. If possible, ask someone to come along with you to the support service you contact.

Go to to search for supports in your local area, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.