Drop in suicides between 2012/13
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week show that Wicklow has recorded a drop in suicide rates between 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 the rate of suicide per 100,000 population was 10.9 and in 2013 it dropped to 3.6.
While this reduction is welcome these numbers cannot be celebrated as even one person taking their own life is one too many.
That's according to Console's Director of Services Ciaran Austin, who outlined that Ireland still has the fourth highest suicide rate in the 15-24 age group in the EU.
While Wicklow showed one of the lowest rates of suicide in the country and the lowest in Leinster the county still lost five people through suicide last year and 12 the year before.
'The figures show that Wicklow had the fourth lowest rate of suicide in Ireland last year. However Console receives 5,000 calls and texts every month from those who need help nationally so while the Wicklow figures are down it is not something we would celebrate as they still represent lives lost through suicide,' Mr. Austin said.
Console is calling for a real-time register of suicide data so that resources can be targeted at areas to prevent clustering rather than having to wait 18 months for CSO figures to be published.
'Console are calling for a real-time register of suicide data to be kept so that we can act on timely and accurate statistics to put measures in place to prevent such phenomena as suicide clustering or contagion,' he added.
'We need significant changes and investment in research as the lack of accurate up-to-date information is impeding our ability to understand and respond to the awful tragedy of suicide in a timely fashion.'
Nationwide professional suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide. Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 247 247 and many resources and useful information can be found at www.console.ie