The process of developing "Connecting for Life, Kildare and West Wicklow" 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 draft framework for Kildare and West Wicklow will address 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.
Consultations (using Survey Monkey, and follow up meetings) have commenced. A series of additional consultation meetings with service providers in Kildare and West Wicklow, is presently underway. During June 2017, members of the public will then be invited to provide feedback on the draft framework.
For more information on the development of Connecting for Life in Kildare and West Wicklow, contact:
- Niamh Crudden, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 7 (Kildare and West Wicklow), firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Support in Kildare and West Wicklow
Your local GP
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GP Out of Hours Services
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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 Kildare and West Wicklow, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.
Last updated on: 04/05/2017