HSE South encourages public to avail of suicide prevention services

 

Help is at hand for people who are feeling suicidal and for families or friends who are concerned about someone. This is the message from the Health Service Executive (HSE) South as 2009 approaches.

The HSE South has developed services in the area of suicide prevention as well as support for those affected by suicide. People, who feel they are in crisis for whatever reason, need to know they are not alone. Help, advice and support is available through confidential helplines. A range of services are provided by the HSE South to help address the issue of suicide in the Cork and Kerry regions. These services include;

- Suicide Prevention Helpline - 1800 742 745: a freephone help-line open daily from 6.00pm - 10.00pm for people who are feeling suicidal or equally for a family member or friend who is concerned about someone. People can ring the number and talk, in complete confidence, to someone who will listen and offer help and support.

- Farm & Rural Stress Helpline - 1800 742 645: a freephone helpline open 6.00pm - 10.00pm daily targeted specifically at farmers and people who live in rural areas. The 'Farm & Rural Stress Helpline' is aimed at people who may be feeling down, suffering from stress or depression or those who are concerned about someone. The helpline is staffed by health professionals who can offer callers support and advice in complete confidence.

- Suicide Bereavement Support Service: Health professionals have been specially trained to work with families and people in a community who have been affected by suicide. This is a free service and is tailored to suit individual situations. The support team will meet with family members, friends, neighbours, co-workers or who ever has been affected by the tragedy of a suicide. This meeting could take place in the family home, in the person's place of work, a local community hall or where ever those in need of practical help and support feel is appropriate. The number to access this support team is: 087 7986944

Brenda Crowley, HSE South Mental Health Resource Officer said "Suicide has a devastating effect on people's lives. We are keen to inform the public that the HSE has developed a range of services in the area of suicide prevention as well as support in the aftermath of a suicide. People, who feel they are in crisis for whatever reason, need to know they are not alone. Help, advice and support is available through our confidential helplines".

A range of literature around suicide prevention and support in the aftermath of a suicide can be obtained through the Mental Health Resource Office, HSE South by contacting Tel: 023 33297 or email: brenda.crowley@hse.ie

Last updated on: 30 / 12 / 2008