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 Dublin North City and County is currently being developed and will set out specific local actions to deliver the seven goals of the National Strategy, which are as follows:
- To improve the area's understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing
- To support local communities capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
- To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups
- To enhance accessibilty, consistency and care pathways of services for people vulnerable to suicide
- To ensure safe and high quality services for people vulnerable to suicide
- To reduce and restrict access to means of suicidal behaviour
- To improve surveillance, evaluation and high quality research relating to suicidal behaviour.
Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County is being led by the HSE and supported by an interagency Steering Group representing the local statutory and non statutory agencies involved in suicide prevention in the area. The Steering Group was established in August 2017 and oversaw a Consultation Process throughout the Autumn. The Steering Group is supported by a Consultation Working Group and a Drafting Working Group.
In addition, a Suicide Critical Response Plan is being developed, which specifically looks at how multiple agencies can respond in a coordinated way to support local communities and reduce risk of suicide contagion in the region.
The aim of the Consultation Process was to gather the knowledge and views of the public and service providers in Dublin North City and County; to establish what is working and not working in relation to preventing suicide and self harm; identify any gaps in service delivery or service access; and to inform the actions that will be included in the plan.
This Consultation Process has now closed and the Connecting for Life Dublin North City and County Consultation Report is now available here.
For further information please contact Sara Maxwell, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, email@example.com
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This page was last updated on 6th March 2018