Connecting for Life - Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow
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: email@example.com
- Andrea Koenigstorfer, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE Community Healthcare East: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Support in Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow
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.
Wicklow Community Directory
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.
EDOC (North East Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and East Dublin) (01 223 4500).
CAREDOC (South Wicklow) (0818 300 365 / 059 913 8100).
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, Dublin South and Wicklow, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.
This page was last updated on 20th April 2022.