Connecting for Life is the national strategy for suicide prevention from 2015 to 2020. It sets out the Irish Government’s vision for suicide prevention, the expected outcomes over these five years and the actions that will be taken to prevent suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
Suicide Prevention is an issue of huge importance to communities across Ireland. Carlow is experiencing suicide rates that are higher than the national average. A Suicide Prevention Action Plan, which will mirror the national strategy, will be developed for Carlow. The Carlow action plan will track its progress against the national primary and intermediate outcomes.
Suicide prevention in Carlow
A series of public meetings was held in January 2017 to develop a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Carlow. Their aim was to help identify local needs and to develop a local strategy that can improve mental health and prevent suicidal behaviour in Carlow.
The meetings were facilitated by Carlow Suicide Prevention Planning Group (which includes members from relevant statutory, community and voluntary organisations).
The following were the main points discussed at the meetings:
• Promoting a better understanding of suicidal behavior and mental health
• Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
• Using targeted approaches to support those vulnerable to suicidal behaviour.
Connecting for Life Carlow will be launched Autumn 2017 and will be available for download here.
Find Support in Carlow
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.
Caredoc (1850 334 999), covers the South East, 6pm-8am weekdays and 24 hours on weekends/bank holidays.
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 Carlow, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.
Bereavement Support and Information in Carlow
This page was last updated on 11th July 2017.