The HSE Midlands, Louth, Meath Community Healthcare Oorganisation (CHO), in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations, is presently developing a Regional Suicide Prevention Action Plan for the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath. This development process commenced in April 2017 and will be completed in January 2018, with the public launch of the Action Plan.
A key part of the development of the Action Plan was the consultation process, completed during October 2017 - this provided an opportunity for as many people as possible to have their say regarding what should be included. Individual members of the public, service users, service providers and a variety of interest groups will be consulted with. This will ensure that the national policy is translated into local actions that are relevant, consistent, efficient and effective.
The objectives of the consultation process were as follows:
- To raise awareness of the aim of the development of the Regional Suicide Prevention Action Plan and to begin or continue a public conversation that will support the way people think about mental health and suicide prevention.
- To hear and gather the views of individuals, community and voluntary groups and statutory agencies throughout Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath on how to promote mental health and wellbeing and reduce suicide and self-harm.
- To identify the priority areas for action in reducing suicide and self-harm.
- To establish what is working and not working for people in maintaining good mental health and to seek views on what actions can be taken to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Pictured at the launch of the consultation (2nd October 2017) were, from left to right, Cllr. Noel French, Laura McPhilips (LCDC Longford County Council), Siobhan McArdle (Head of Mental Health Services, Midlands, Louth, Meath), Pat Bennett (Chief Officer of Community Healthcare Organisation, Midlands Louth Meath) , Finola Colgan (Mental Health Ireland), Sgt Alison McDaid, Jimmy O’Connell (School Clinical Therapist), Eddie Ward (Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Longford/Westmeath)
Find Support in Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth & Meath
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.
MI Doc (Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath 1850 302 702).
NEDoc (Louth, Meath 1850 777 911).
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 Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath 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 2nd November 2017