On Monday 27th March 2017, 'Connecting for Life: Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and East Wicklow, Reducing Suicide Together 2015-2020' was officially launched by the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, at the Wicklow Primary Healthcare Centre, Wicklow Town.
This CHO 6 document is 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.
Read more on the national outcomes, principles and goals for Connecting for Life.
Left to right: Antoinette Barry (Head of Mental Health CHO 6), Sylvia Cahill (Principal Social Worker, MHD, CHO 6), Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, Pauline O'Reilly (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 6) & Adam Byrne (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 6).
Minister Harris was joined by Martina Queally (Chief Officer CHO 6), Antoinette Barry (Head of Mental Health CHO 6), Dr Colm Cooney (Executive Clinical Director), Dr Justin Brophy (Clinical Lead with the National Office for Suicide Prevention) as well as representatives from local authorities, the Gardaí, and various voluntary agencies and community groups.
This vision is to be realised through seven goals:
- Better understanding of suicidal behaviour
- Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
- Targeted approaches for those vulnerable to suicide
- Improved access, consistency and integration of services
- Safe and high-quality services
- Reduce access to means
- Better data and research
Connecting for Life builds on previous work and contributes key elements to moving forward. It is based on extensive consultation, a global knowledge base and defined commitments across government departments and key statutory and non-statutory agencies in Ireland. This local Action Plan is grounded in this approach which recognises the contributions that can be made across all sectors of our community with the aim of reducing suicide. The plan lays out very specific steps to deliver the actions that are relevant to the needs of people in this area.
Speaking at the launch on 27th March, Minister Harris said:
“This Dublin South, Dun Laoghaire and East Wicklow local suicide prevention plan sets out a roadmap to address suicide and self-harm over the next five years. The joint co-operation of all involved in developing this strategy is an excellent example of the strength of local connections and relationships. I congratulate all involved in the creation of this plan.”
Martina Queally (Chief Officer CHO 6) added:
“No one individual organisation or initiative can successfully reduce the number of deaths by suicide. The way forward is to act together within and across services, sectors and communities. With this document, and the defined commitments that lie behind it, we look forward to working together to ensure the full implementation of all of the actions in Connecting for Life; Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and East Wicklow 2015 - 2020.”
Dr Justin Brophy (Clinical Advisor, NOSP) said:
"Reducing suicides in our community is possible if we join our efforts both as individuals and agencies to sensitively identify and care for persons in suicidal crisis. For the first time, we now have a detailed local area plan, a map and guide we can all share and use to make this happen. So, let us now commit and ‘Connect for Life’ and together, continue to create real hope and opportunity for recovery from suicidal crisis in our community."
Left to right: Antoinette Barry (Head of Mental Health CHO 6), Minister for Health Simon Harris TD & Martina Queally (Chief Officer CHO 6).
For more information on the local Connecting for Life action plan for Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and East Wicklow, contact:
- Pauline O'Reilly, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 6 (Dublin South East & Dún Laoghaire) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adam Byrne, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE CHO Area 6 (East Wicklow) email@example.com
Find Support in Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire & East Wicklow
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.
DL Doc, Dún Laoghaire (01 663 9869).
East Doc, Dún Laoghaire (01 209 4021).
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 East, Dún Laoghaire & East Wicklow, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.
Last updated on: 14/08/2017