A series of public meetings will be held over the coming weeks to develop a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for South Tipperary.
These public meetings will be hosted by community partners to help identify local needs and to develop a local strategy that can improve mental health and prevent suicidal behaviour in South Tipperary.
These public meetings will build on the recent launch of Connecting for Life: Ireland’s National Strategy to Prevent Suicide 2015-2020. The development of local suicide prevention action plans is a key recommendation of the National Strategy because local needs are different across the country.
The development of the local plan for South Tipperary will be informed by what emerges from these public meetings.
Suicide Prevention is an issue of huge importance to communities across Ireland.
Ms. Tracy Nugent, HSE Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention said - “In South Tipperary, we are experiencing suicide rates that are higher than the national average.
“We all share a deep concern about suicide that can drive us to make positive changes and to embrace the idea that “suicide prevention is everyone’s business”.
That is why everyone is invited to take part and to have a say.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 7 . These public meetings will be facilitated by Community Consultants in conjunction with South Tipperary Suicide Prevention Planning Group, a group that includes members from relevant statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
The following are the key areas identified by the National Strategy and will be discussed at each meeting:
* Promoting a better understanding of suicidal behavior and mental health
*Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
* Using targeted approaches to support those vulnerable to suicidal behaviour
Details for each of the public meetings are as follows:
Thursday, April 7 from 7pm – 9pm: The Knockanrawley Resource Centre, Tipperary Town
Thursday, April 14 from 7pm – 9pm: The Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel
Thursday, April 21 from 7pm – 9pm: The Millennium Family Resource Centre, Glengoole
Thursday, April 28 (8pm - 10pm): The NanoNagle Resource Centre, Carrick on Suir.
Tracy Nugent, added - “This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and to help shape our local response in South Tipperary.
“If we work together on the development of the local action plan for South Tipperary it will be far more effective when it comes to implementing the action plan.”
Ms. Phil Shanahan from South Tipperary Development Company advised - “Alongside the public meetings, we will be speaking to priority and vulnerable groups including young people and groups who are experiencing social exclusion and who may need extra support.”
All you need to do is arrive on the night and bring your ideas and thoughts on suicide prevention and the promotion of positive mental health in our communities.
If you cannot attend a meeting, you are invited to make a written submission outlining your concerns/ ideas by email.
For further details on the consultation process and guidance on how to make a written submission please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
For help or support you can contact the Samaritans on Free Phone 116 123 or log on to www.yourmentalhealth.ie
Meanwhile, the annual Cycle Against Suicide takes place in April and May and will include an overnight stop in Tipp town on Tuesday, May 3.
It starts on Sunday, April 24 and embarks on a 14 day awareness journey cycling around the island of Ireland , ending in Dublin on Saturday May 7, covering 1,400 kms.
Started by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, the main objective of the Cycle is to promote positive mental health and raise awareness of the considerable help and supports available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.