Monday 20 November 2017

Suicide prevention plan misses out on crucial early years

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny arrives to attend a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece in Brussels, Belgium (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny arrives to attend a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece in Brussels, Belgium (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
Dr Paul D'Alton

Dr Paul D'Alton

'Connecting for Life', the new Suicide Prevention Strategy launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch, misses one essential point: preventing suicide begins in infancy.

'Connecting for life' begins in infancy and whilst the new strategy is to be welcomed, failing to include the early years of infancy results in a very significant oversight. Such an oversight seems to replicate many national health intervention strategies that overlook early intervention and prevention.

Over the last century, the importance of the early years (zero to three years) has been established. We have a reliable scientific evidence base that testifies to the importance of the early years in laying the psychological foundation for later life.

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