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.
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
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/
To find out more information on Connecting for Life, Ireland’s suicide prevention strategy, please visit: http://www.hse.ie/portal/eng/
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.
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.