World Suicide Prevention Day is a global awareness raising campaign from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. #WSPD18
Globally, over 800,000 people die by suicide every year. WHO member states (including Ireland) have committed to work towards the global target of reducing suicide rates by a minimum of 10% by 2020. The latest comparison with European counterparts in 2015 shows Ireland has the 10th lowest rate of suicide among 33 other countries. Nevertheless, the suicide rate among younger people (aged 15-19) in Ireland, ranks 7th highest.
“Working together” is essential if we are to realise a vision of an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide. The actions in Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide, 2015-2020 are being implemented at many different levels by the diverse range of agents and partners involved. For example;
- Connecting for Life brings together 22 lead agencies (including government departments) who have made specific commitments to deliver on actions.
- Over 28 charities and NGO partners receive support to deliver on work aligned with Connecting for Life objectives and goals.
- 15area-level suicide prevention action plans are now in place across the country. These plans rely heavily on local partnerships to implement and advance actions in each area.
The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has a pivotal role to play to support, coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Connecting for Life strategy. The office has issued three helpful factsheets aligned with this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day. They are available to download -
- Follow this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on social media: #WSPD18
- Find information on how to mind your mental health and on services in your area: www.yourmentalhealth.ie
- Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention WSPD site: https://iasp.info/wspd2018/