Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on the 10th of September. It's an annual awareness raising event organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This year's theme is about understanding the impact that reaching out to people at risk can have in preventing suicide, and ultimately in helping to save lives.

The team in the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention is encouraging people to consider the role that offering support may play in helping to prevent suicide. The act of showing care and concern to someone who m ay be vulnerable to suicide can make a big difference in their lives. Asking them whether they are OK, listening to what they have to say in a non-judgmental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact.

Many events around the country have been organised to mark World Suicide Prevention Day including conferences, training workshops, tea and talk events, coffee mornings, support group meetings and remembrance ceremonies. For further details, please see http://www.yourmentalhealth. ie/Get-involved/News-events/ Events/

Are you, or someone y ou know, in crisis?

In a crisis (when someone might harm themselves, harm someone else, or is vulnerable to suicide) it is important to get help as quickly as you can for yourself or the person you are concerned about. You can get professional help through:

  • A G.P.
    Find a local family doctor (G.P.) or health centre by visiting the HSE.ie online service finder. If it's late in the evening, night time or the weekend, contact a G.P. Out of Hours Service . G.P.s are also listed under ‘General Practitioners’ in the Golden Pages.
  • Hospital emergency services
    Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on theHSE.ie online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling999 or 112if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.
  • H.S.E. Mental health services
    If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Listening service
    Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone struggling to cope. For confidential, non-judgemental support please call 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland or 08457 90 90 90 in Northern Ireland, email Αυτή η διεύθυνση Email προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε., or visit www.samaritans.ie for details of the nearest branch.

You might need to try a few options before you find appropriate support but don’t give up trying – there is help available. If possible, ask someone to come along with you to the support service you contact.

When someone tells you they are suicidal or at risk of self harm

When someone tells you they are thinking of taking their own life, it is frightening. There are practical things you can do right away...

  • Remove access
    Remove access to any means of suicide or self harm– such as med icines, a rope, etc.
  • Contact emergency services
    Go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest general hospital. Hospitals are listed on theHSE.ie online service finder. You can also cont act the emergency services by calling999 or112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.
  • Stay with them
    Stay with them while you’re making contact with the services listed above. Do not leave them on their own.
  • Go with them to get help
    Once you have contacted the services, go with them to their appointment.

 


HSE Regional Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention are key to helping to build community capacity to respond to suicide. Their contact details can be found at: http://www.hse.ie/eng/ services/list/4/Mental_Health_ Services/NOSP/about/ resourceofficers/officers_ suicide_prevention.html

To find out more information on Connecting for Life, Ireland’s suicide prevention strategy, please visit: http://www.hse.ie/portal/eng/ services/list/4/Mental_Health_ Services/NOSP/ preventionstrategy/

To find out more information on #Littlethings, the mental health and wellbeing campaign by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention and a coalition of over 25 partner organisations, please visit: http://www.yourmentalhealth. ie/Get-involved/LittleThings- campaign/

One of our partner organisations, Suicide or Survive, has developed WellnessWorkshop.ie - an online wellness workshop that shares practical tools to help you maintain your wellness when you are feeling good and improve your wellness during difficult times. For further information, please see http://www.yourmentalhealth. ie/Mind-Yourself-Support- Others/Good-mental-health/ Online-wellness-workshop/