Connecting for Life - Kerry

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 Kerry 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 Kerry to be a happier, healthier place where suicide is a very rare occurrence. Connecting for Life Kerry commenced development of a Suicide Prevention Action for the Kerry region in January 2016. Connecting for Life Kerry is currently being developed by an experienced multi-agency group.

It will take on the national goals and objectives and aims to take on board the views of the people in County Kerry. We aim to take an open, consultative and inclusive approach where individuals, groups and agencies across the county will be given the opportunity to provide their thoughts and opinions. In turn, this will help in ensuring that this action plan reflects the real, local and on-the-ground needs of the people of County Kerry.

All organisations and individuals share the responsibility for making it OK to discuss our mental health problems and reduce stigma, for supporting one another when we need help and supporting decisions to seek help. Mental health problems are indeed common and this points to the need for us all as individuals to be aware of our own mental health and the mental health of the people around us.

Our vision and goals

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

Vision

"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 Kerry and amongst specified priority groups.
  2. Reduced rate of presentations of self-harm in the whole population of Kerry and amongst specified population groups.

The best time to talk is now... let's talk about suicide in Kerry

We want to hear your ideas and opinions about what should be contained in Connecting for Life Kerry, the new Suicide Prevention action plan for the county. You can find details of the workshops below. There is no need to register for the workshops, just come along on the day.

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DATE & TIME

VENUE

Dingle

Tuesday 20th September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Killarney

Thursday 22nd September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Killarney Heights Hotel – Torc Room

Caherciveen

Monday 26th September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Kerry Coast Hotel

Tralee

Tuesday 27th September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Meadowlands Hotel

Listowel

Thursday 29th  September
7.30 – 9.30pm

Listowel Arms Hotel – Feale Room

 Take part in an online survey

You can also have your say on suicide prevention via an online survey. The short survey is available at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/kerrypublic

 Find support

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis and need someone to talk to? You can find supportive information in Kerry on YourMentalHealth.ie.