Connecting for Life - Midlands, Louth, Meath CHO


Midlands Louth Meath information booklets and downloads

Information on local and national supports and services, and leaflets on suicide, self-harm, suicide bereavement and mental health

Other booklets and leaflets can be ordered and delivered free of charge, from the mental health section of

Midlands Louth Meath training programmes

To participate in any training programmes (LivingWorks Start, safeTALK, ASIST, Understanding Self-Harm and Bereavement Support), in Midlands Louth Meath, visit for information and schedules.

Connecting for Life, Midlands Louth Meath

Connecting for Life Midlands Louth Meath, is a suicide prevention and self-harm action plan for the area, launched by the Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health Jim Daly TD in October 2017. This plan represents local implementation of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide.

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. At the launch, Pat Bennett, Chief Officer, Midlands Louth Meath CHO, stated that “Suicide prevention is the responsibility of everyone in society. Many suicides may be preventable, and for national strategies and local action plans to be effective, a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach is needed. Connecting for Life Midlands Louth Meath is a three-year plan, grounded in an approach that recognises the contributions that can be made across all sections of our community. The plan sets out a vision for suicide prevention across all counties in the Community Health Organisation area, and outlines the actions that will be taken to achieve the vision.” 

The development of the plan was supported by a public consultation process involving members of the public, members of priority focus groups and staff working in statutory organisations and community groups who are affected by issues relating to suicide, self-harm and mental health difficulties.

The National Connecting for Life strategy has been extended to 2024 and the development of ‘Connecting for Life Midlands Louth Meath Action Plan 2020-2024’ is currently in development. A multi-agency Implementation Steering Group will be established to support the implementation of the plan. This approach will generate outcomes that otherwise may not be achievable when working in isolation and is also a more effective and efficient use of resources. 

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Your local GP

Find a local family doctor (GP) or health centre by visiting the 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 1800 777 911).

Hospital Emergency Services

Hospitals are listed on the 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.

Listening Service

For confidential, non-judgemental support, the Samaritans are free to call, anytime day or night on 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland.

More Information

Visit 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 31st August 2021.

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