Thursday 23 November 2017

Public's views sought in suicide prevention bid

Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch has responsibility for mental health. Photo: Tom Burke
Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch has responsibility for mental health. Photo: Tom Burke

Health Correspondent

MEMBERS of the public are being asked to give their views on how health authorities can improve measures to prevent suicide.

Gerry Raleigh, head of the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), said: "In Ireland, 10 people die every week as a result of suicide.

"When someone takes their own life, the effect on their family, friends and community is devastating. The factors leading to someone taking their own life are complex. National and international research has shown that reducing the incidence of suicide requires efforts at every level in society and in every community.

"We want to hear your ideas and opinions about what should be contained in Ireland's new National Framework for Suicide Prevention.

"We will carefully examine all submissions, and they will inform the development of the National Framework for Suicide Prevention 2015-2018 – so this is an opportunity to have your voice heard and to influence suicide prevention in Ireland."

Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch added: "I would strongly encourage everyone who has been affected in any way, or is involved in the many suicide prevention initiatives currently being funded by the NOSP, to have their say and help to shape the new framework."

The closing date for submissions is Friday, June 6. Submissions can be made in writing or verbally via audio file. See

Submissions can be sent to: National Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention, National Office for Suicide Prevention, HSE Mental Health Division, Room 125 Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8.

Irish Independent

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