Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly launched Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County on Thursday 17th May 2018. The launch took place in St Lawrence’s Church, DIT Grangegorman, Dublin and was attended by a large number of those involved in the drafting of the plan, including community and voluntary groups from across Dublin North City & County. Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County, is the new local Suicide Prevention Action Plan. It is strongly aligned to the national Connecting for Life Strategy, articulating local implementation of national actions, and committing to actions that respond to our particular local needs, strengths and challenges in Dublin North City & County.
Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015 – 2020 sets out a vision of an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This involves preventative and awareness-raising work with a “whole of society” approach, including supportive work with local communities and targeted approaches for priority groups.
Mary Walshe, Chief Officer (CHO Dublin North City and County) said "In communities across Dublin North City & County, the far-reaching effects of suicide on families, friends, classmates and workplaces are severe and devastating. Suicide is one of the most complex and difficult to understand of human behaviours." She added "By bringing together all aspects of our health and social care system alongside our education, justice and community partners, we are working together to implement meaningful, evidence informed improvements to the approaches and services that we offer to people at risk of suicide and self-harm. Connected services mean that more people can get the right help, at the right time and in the right place."
Angela Walsh, Head of Service for Mental Health (CHO Dublin North City and County) said ‘"In developing Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County, we have listened to the experiences of the local community, learned from the knowledge of local front line workers, and brought the combined expertise of local service providers together. This source of rich information has helped us to formulate ambitious yet achievable actions to continue our work with local communities to address the impact of suicide."
John Meehan, HSE Assistant National Director with responsibility for Mental Health Strategy and Planning and the National Office for Suicide Prevention said "Local implementation, that includes empowering communities, is a core component of the Connecting for Life strategy. We need to connect with ourselves, our families, our communities and the services on offer. Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County has been led by the HSE but developed in partnership with key local statutory and non-statutory groups. The result is a new plan, which sets out the steps many different organisations, including the HSE, will take to realise the vision of a region where fewer lives are lost through suicide."
While the development of the plan was led by HSE Mental Health Services, it will be implemented by the entire community. Minister Jim Daly said, "I am delighted to launch Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County. This plan recognises the critical role that communities and local structures play in suicide prevention, and reinforces and supports this role. The supports that can be given to vulnerable individuals from the community, such as social support, follow-up care, tackling stigma and supporting those bereaved by suicide, can make a crucial difference to a person in distress. This plan, tailored to North Dublin’s specific needs, is a welcome addition to helping us care for our community effectively."
An extensive consultation process was undertaken to develop the Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County Plan. The consultation process proactively sought to capture the knowledge and experience of statutory, non-statutory and community stakeholders to inform the Suicide Prevention Action Plan. During October and November 2017, four online surveys were live for members of the public, service providers, GPs and Psychiatrists. 336 people completed the surveys, contributing over 3000 points of information and recommendations.
In addition fourteen focus groups were held with key stakeholders, which included priority groups and frontline staff. Relevant recently published consultations reports from across the HSE and other organisations were reviewed to provide corroborative information and identify additional issues. All the data from the consultation process was analysed using mixed qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Critical issues to emerge from the consultation include but are not limited to:
- The value of interagency working
- The barrier of long waiting lists
- The need to share information on referral criteria and care pathways
- Dual diagnosis challenges
- Emergency Department presentations
- Early prevention, in schools and with young people
- The value of community based support and the need for capacity building
The Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County Consultation Report is also available, here.
For further information please contact Sandra Taylor, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This page was last updated on 17th May 2018