Connecting for Life - Kildare and West Wicklow
In 2018 two new Connecting for Life Local Action Plans for the HSE Community Healthcare Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow area, were launched.
Pictured at the launch were, from left to right: John Meehan, Kevin Brady, Frances Fitzgerald TD & David Walsh.
Speakers at the launch were Catherine Byrne TD (Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy), Kevin Brady (Head of Mental Health Community Healthcare Dublin South Kildare and West Wicklow), John Meehan (HSE Assistant National Director with responsibility for Mental Health Strategy and Planning and the National Office for Suicide Prevention), Margaret Duggan (Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement) and David Walsh (Chief Officer Community Healthcare Dublin South Kildare and West Wicklow).
At the launch, Mr David Walsh thanked Suicide Resource Officers Ms Emma Freeman (Dublin South), Niamh Crudden and Mr David Gray (Kildare West Wicklow) for the hard work and dedication displayed in their approach to the development of the Connecting for Life Suicide Prevention Action Plans for the area. He thanked the staff in the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the HSE Mental Health Division and the members of Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Suicide Prevention Groups for their support and guidance in the development of the Action Plans.
Mr Walsh acknowledged the organisations and individuals in Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow area who took the time to share their views on suicide prevention and mental health during the public consultation process.
“Connecting for Life represents a local articulation of the National Connecting for Life strategy, it is a locally-based, multiagency response to self-harm and suicide in the communities of Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow. These action plans represent an honest and intentional effort by local stakeholders to target both resources and actions towards the prevention of suicide in this catchment area.”
Pictured at the launch were, from left to right: Martin Heydon TD, John Meehan, David Walsh, Catherine Byrne TD, Kevin Brady, Emma Freeman, Kevin Brady & David Gray.
Connecting for Life Kildare, West Wicklow is 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.
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. The Dublin South 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.
Minding Me - Supporting New and Expecting Mothers In Kildare West Wicklow
Looking after your Mental Health during Pregnancy and Beyond is a booklet providing advice and support information for expectant and new mothers, anyone planning a pregnancy or partners, grandparents, family and friends that may be supporting someone who is expecting or has a baby.
Minding Me also held a week of online FREE workshops to support new and expectant others, in October 2020.
For more information on Connecting for Life Kildare, West Wicklow or Minding Me, contact:
Niamh Crudden (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE Community Healthcare Dublin South, Kildare and West Wicklow): firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Support in Kildare and West 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
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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 Kildare and West Wicklow, and information on what to do when someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm.