A series of public meetings will be held over the coming weeks to develop a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Kerry. These public meetings will be hosted by community partners to help identify local needs and develop a local strategy to improve mental health and prevent suicidal behaviour in Kerry.
Led by Kerry Community Healthcare, in partnership with local organisations and community and voluntary groups, the aim is to build on the national strategy for suicide prevention “Connecting for Life 2015.”
Inviting as many people as possible attend the meetings, Ms Aileen Brosnan, Acting Suicide Resource Office for Kerry stressed that: “Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and we all need to be aware of what we can do individually and as part of our community to promote mental health and reduce suicide. A number of focus groups are currently being held with key priority groups across Kerry on the themes of suicide prevention and mental health and wellbeing. These are being run in parallel with the public meetings. We are delighted at the enthusiasm of the participants to date and so we want now to hear from the wider community to allow them to voice their opinions and views and contribute to this very important process.”
The group are also distributing posters to advertise the workshops as well as an online survey to give as many people as possible the opportunity to contribute to the local plan, with the questionnaire also now available on www.connectingforlifekerry.ie.
Ms Brosnan concluded: “We have a great team working on the project drawn from all sectors of the community including Youth Services, Gardaí, Family Resource Centres and local authorities. We also have experts in the area of mental health from both Government and non Government organisations. This wide membership will ensure that the action plan will take account of the range of groups, organisations and services that need to work together to prevent suicide. Along with the online survey, members of the public can get a hard copy of the survey at their local library, family resource centre, KDYS Youth Centre or Jigsaw Kerry.”
Details of the meetings:
Dingle Skellig Hotel Tuesday September 20th 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Killarney Heights Hotel Torc Room Thursday September 22nd 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Kerry Coast Hotel Caherciveen Monday September 26th 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Meadowlands Hotel Tralee Tuesday September 27th 7.30pm 9.30pm
Listowel Arms Hotel Feale Room Thursday September 29th 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Last updated on: 07 / 09 / 2016