The vision of #ConnectingforLifeMidlandsLouthMeath , Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020, is “an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing”.
Unfortunately, over the past number of years many people in in the country have either been directly or indirectly affected by suicide, which has had a devastating effect on families and communities. Whilst it is recognised that a lot of work is being done by individuals, groups and organisations, there is still more that can be done to promote good mental health, prevent future suicide deaths and support those who are bereaved by suicide.
Therefore in line with the vision, goals and objectives of the National Strategy, the HSE Midlands Louth Meath, in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations, is now seeking to develop a Regional Suicide Prevention Action Plan which will be completed in January 2018 with the launch of the Regional Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
A key part of the development of the Action Plan is providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to have their say regarding what should be included. Individual members of the public, service users, service providers and a variety of interest groups will be consulted with. This will ensure that the national policy is translated into local actions that are relevant, consistent, efficient and effective.
The consultation process will take place during the month of October 2017 and there are a number of ways in which people can get involved and contribute their knowledge and expertise to this challenging issue.
Take part in an Online Survey
Two surveys are now open for completion:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6C7HQNC (General Public Survey)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J79YMT2 ( Service Providers Survey)
Paper copies of the survey can be returned, or requested, by email email@example.com or through your local Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention:
Louth, Meath – Sandra Okome 087 1321344.