Connecting for Life - Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow
The Link Newsletter
Community Healthcare East are delighted to present our Connecting for Life newsletter, The Link. This newsletter is a snapshot of some of the amazing work that is carried out across our community in the area of suicide and self-harm prevention.
It is thanks to this commitment, passion and work of all the stakeholders involved that the vision of the national Connecting for Life strategy is achieved: an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Connecting for Life
Ireland’s national suicide prevention strategy, Connecting for Life (CfL), was launched in June 2015. In March 2017, the Connecting for Life Action Plan for Community Healthcare East (Dublin South East, Dublin South & Wicklow) 2015 – 2020 was launched. This was based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as outlined in the National Strategy.
In December 2019 the Department of Health supported an extension of CfL for a further five years, with official approval by Cabinet granted in November 2020. A national implementation plan for 2020-2022 was published. To align with this plan, the new Implementation Plan for Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow 2022-2024 has been updated to reflect the new national implementation plan and new local area needs.
Over the past five years significant work across all of the seven goals has been achieved in Connecting for Life Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow Community Healthcare, with particular successes in relation to:
- Suicide prevention and training delivery
- Establishment of the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service for the Community Healthcare area
- Establishment of new services such as Jigsaw in Wicklow
- New protocols were developed within the Mental Health Services to guide the services’ response to suicide
- New information resources were developed and distributed annually across the area
- Specific projects in parts of the Community Healthcare area e.g. pilot Social Prescribing Programmes across the Community Healthcare area and the Woodlands for Health project was supported and extended to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area
- Establishment of the Connecting for Life implementation structures
- Mental Health Promotion activities and initiatives for priority groups and the general population across the Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow Community Healthcare area
There were, however, also areas of challenge in relation to the implementation of the local plans:
- Supporting active engagement and participation of all CfL stakeholders through the implementation structures
- Supporting high risk/priority groups effectively
- Managing the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic
- The impact of the cyber-attack on the HSE
The development of the new plan was led by the two Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention (ROSPs) in the Community Healthcare area, supported by the Connecting for Life Implementation Groups, the Mental Health Management Team, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and national Mental Health Operations.
For more information on the local Connecting for Life action plan for Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow, contact:
- Adam Byrne, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE Community Healthcare East: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrea Koenigstorfer, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE Community Healthcare East: email@example.com
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Crisis numbers when you need them
One of the actions of the Connecting for Life Communication Workstream group was to develop a crisis numbers wallet card for wide distribution across HSE, Community Healthcare East (serving Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow).
These crisis numbers wallet cards ‘Numbers when you need them…help at your finger tips’ are now printed and available. The aim of this initiative is to answer the question ‘Where do I go?’ when people need help and raises awareness of the services and supports available in the area.