The process of developing "Connecting for Life, Dublin South" is presently underway. This Suicide Prevention and Self Harm Reduction Strategy will include a local implementation action plan based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as outlined in the national strategy, Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020. Connecting for Life, sets out a vision where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
The HSE area of Dublin South encompasses the geographical area of Dublin 2, 6 (part), 8, 10, 12, 14 (part), 16, 20, 22 and 24. The work is overseen by a multi-agency steering group consisting of key stakeholders identified through the national Connecting for Life strategy.
Service providers and the general public now have an opportunity to consult with the steering group on the draft framework. The consultation dates for service providers are as follows:
- Monday 15th May 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm, Ballyfermot
- Training Room, Linn Dara, Cherry Orchard Hospital
- Wednesday 17th May 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm, Tallaght
- Meeting Room 1, Tallaght Cross Primary Care Centre, Tallaght Cross West
- Thursday 25th May 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm, City Centre
- Meeting Room, Meath Primary Care, Meath Community Unit, Heytesbury Street
The draft framework is a substantial document, addressing seven goals:
- To improve the area's understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing
- To support local communities capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
- To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups
- To enhance accessibilty, consistency and care pathways of services for people vulnerable to suicide
- To ensure safe and high quality services for people vulnerable to suicide
- To reduce and restrict access to means of suicidal behaviour
- To improve surveillance, evaluation and high quality research relating to suicidal behaviour.
Organisations who are attending the workshop, will receive an advance copy of the draft framework. This will allow time for them to consider which actions relate to them and how the goals could be achieved together. Advance notification of the areas of specific interest, will be required. This will assist with the planning and formulation of the consultation sessions.
To request attendance at any of the consultations, or for more information on the local Connecting for Life action plan for Dublin South, contact:
- Emma Freeman, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 7 (Dublin South City, Dublin West and Dublin South West ) email@example.com
Find Support in Dublin South
Your local GP
Find a local family doctor (GP) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. GPs are also listed under 'General Practitioners' in the Golden Pages.
GP Out of Hours Services
If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, you can contact a GP out of hours service.
Dub Doc, South Inner City Dublin (01 4545607).
Hospital Emergency Services
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 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.
For confidential, non-judgemental support, the Samaritans are free to call, anytime day or night on 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland.
Visit yourmentalhealth.ie to search for supports in Dublin South Central, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.