Launch of Connecting For Life Kerry Action Plan 2017 – 2020
Connecting for Life is the national strategy for suicide prevention and sets a minimum target of a 10% reduction in the suicide rate in Ireland by 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 local Action Plan for County Kerry lays out very specific steps to deliver the high-level actions that are relevant to the needs of the people of this area and recognises the contributions that can be made across all sectors of our community with the aim of reducing suicide incidence (Government Departments, HSE, NGO partners and community groups).
On Monday, 29th of May 2017, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee TD officially launched Connecting for Life Kerry Action Plan 2017 – 2020. Download the document here.
Our vision and goals
Connecting for Life Kerry is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as the national strategy.
"A county where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing".
- To improve the county'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 accessibility, consistency and care pathways of services for people vulnerable to suicidal behaviour.
- 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.
Each goal is based on the achievement of a set of supporting objectives.
- Reduced suicide rate in the whole population of Kerry and amongst specified priority groups.
- Reduced rate of presentations of self-harm in the whole population of Kerry and amongst specified population groups.
Find Support in Kerry
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.
South Doc, Cork and Kerry (1850 335 999)
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 Kerry, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.
Last updated on: 29/05/2017