Suicide Prevention in South Tipperary
A wide-reaching community consultation on suicide has recently taken place across South Tipperary to develop a local suicide prevention action plan. Suicide prevention is an issue of huge importance to communities across Ireland. In South Tipperary, we are experiencing suicide rates that are higher than the national average and we share a deep concern about suicide that can drive us to make positive changes and to embrace the idea that “suicide prevention is everyone’s business”.
A series of public meetings were hosted by community partners to identify local needs and to develop a local strategy that can improve mental health and prevent suicidal behaviour in South Tipperary. There were focus group sessions with people who may be more vulnerable in the community including those engaged with Mental Health services, members of the Traveller Community, and young people. There was an in-depth consultation with stakeholders working in the area of suicide prevention/ mental health promotion and numerous submissions were received from interested members of the community and service providers.
This consultation builds on the 2015 launch of Connecting for Life: Ireland’s National Strategy to Prevent Suicide 2015-2020. The development of local suicide prevention action plans is a key recommendation of the national strategy because local needs are different across the country. The development of the local plan for South Tipperary will be informed by what emerged throughout the community consultation.
The South Tipperary Suicide Prevention Planning Group would like to extend their thanks to everyone that has contributed to the development of the plan so far. The information gathered is currently being collated and a draft plan is being prepared.
For further information on the development of the plan contact Tracy.Nugent@hse.ie
Help is at hand in South Tipperary
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 HSE.ie online service finder. If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. out of hours service. G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages.
Hospital emergency servicesGo to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on the HSE.ie 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 sevices: 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 www.samaritans.ie 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 YourMentalHealth.ie 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.