Working Together to Prevent Suicide – event held in Clones to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

On Monday 10th September, a number of people came together to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for this year’s worldwide event is "Working Together to Prevent Suicide". This theme was chosen as it reflects a key component of suicide prevention - collaboration. The event held in Canal Stores, Clones reinforced the message that suicide prevention is everyone's business and we all can make a contribution to reducing the incidence of suicide in our communities. Alison O’ Reilly spoke at the event about her personal experience of going through tough times and shared her thoughts on what helped her through the dark days. Alison said “The hardest times of my life have left me bruised, scarred even but also a lot more certain that I can make it through the tough times". Dr Shauna Gaffney, Senior Clinical Psychologist with the HSE spoke about the importance of self care and of being kind and compassionate towards ourselves.

Emer Mulligan, HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention reiterated the message that suicide prevention is everyone’s business and there are things we can all do to support each other when difficulties arise. Emer said “it’s important for people to remember that they are not alone, and to reach out towards a helping hand or listening ear”. Emer took the opportunity at today’s event to highlight information on support services, helpline numbers and websites available to support people through tough times.

For more information on supports available through the HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, contact Emer on 086 1717 563 or email emer.mulligan@hse.ie.

Last updated on: 12 / 09 / 2018