Connecting for Life - Mid West
Connecting for Life, Ireland's National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020 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.
Connecting for Life Mid West 2017-2020 sets out specific local actions to deliver the 7 goals of the National Strategy, within the context of HSE Mid West Community Healthcare area (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary)
Connecting for Life Mid West Seminar
29th November 2018
Are We Connected?
Download full details of the Connecting for Life Mid West Seminar (29th November 2018), here.
The Launch of Connecting for Life Mid West
Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee TD launched Connecting for Life Mid West 2017-2020 at the Millennium Theatre Limerick Institute of Technology on 24th April 2017. The process of developing Connecting for Life Mid West in December 2015, was in response to the national strategy, Connecting for Life.
A Suicide Prevention Steering Group was set up and chaired by the HSE, with representation from over forty key services, sectors
The resulting ‘Connecting for Life: Tell us what you think’ public engagement took place during May 2016 and included:
- 1500 people living in the area who completed the Public Survey
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- 59 focus groups with priority groups as identified through the national strategy involving 394 participants.
- 103 postcards were completed by the public and returned.
An Information and Research Working Group (IRWG) was also set up from the Steering Group. This group compiled a Mid West demographic and suicide information profile from four geographical Suicide Prevention Profiles prepared by HSE Public Health, CSO data and a meeting with a local Coroner. The IRWG considered the findings of Suicide Prevention an Evidence Review and also carried out a literature review of published systematic reviews on interventions which were aimed at prevention of suicide and self-harm.
Speaking at the event, Minister McEntee highlighted the importance of local connections working together for the wider benefit of the community, stating;
“This document is an excellent example of the benefits that we can reap when all of those who will be impacted by a plan
Commenting on the engagement process, steering group member Chief Superintendent John Kerin of the Clare Garda Division said;
“In the course of our work as
Speaking after the launch Mid West Community Healthcare, Chief Officer Bernard Gloster said;
“The way in which this plan has been produced is
Attendees at the Connecting for Life Mid West Implementation Group meeting in March, hosted by Clare County Council.
22nd March 2018
The Implementation Group for Connecting for Life Mid West met on the 22nd of March 2018. In order to continue to reflect the entire Mid West, the meeting was hosted by the Clare County Council in their premises in Ennis. In keeping with this, the next meeting will take place in the Tipperary County Council in Nenagh. The meeting was very well attended and provided very positive discussion around areas directly related to mental health and suicide prevention. It was the first time that the Subgroups feedback to the wider Implementation Group. This meeting continues to be a source of information
7th December 2017
The Implementation Group for Connecting for Life Mid West met on the 7th of December 2017. A progress report was distributed to the members in relation to the actions to date. Significant progress has been made on an action that required support through collaboration with another partner
21st September 2017
The Implementation Group for Connecting for Life Mid West met on the 21st September 2017. It was decided to have two subgroups (Project Management Subgroup and Communication/Partnership Subgroup) that would support the Implementation Group and discussions were held re the different roles each subgroup would
For more information on the action plan and its implementation in the Mid West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary) contact:
- Ciara Dempsey, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Mid West Community Healthcare (Limerick) email@example.com or 061 461454.
- Mary Kennedy, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Mid West Community Healthcare (Clare and North Tipperary) firstname.lastname@example.org or 061 461454.
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