Friday 24 November 2017

HSE says suicide prevention services are available

By David Tucker

The HSE said it was keen to inform people about the range of services available in the area of suicide prevention, as well as support in the aftermath of a suicide.

People, who feel they are in crisis, for whatever reason, need to know they are not alone. Help, advice and support is available.

There is help for people in the Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary areas who are feeling suicidal and for families or friends who are concerned about someone.

In the first instance you should contact your G.P., outside of surgery hours contact Caredoc on 1850 334 999 or your nearest Emergency Department.

The Samaritans are available 24/7 on Free Phone 116 123 or go to for information on supports and services in your area.

The HSE continues to work, through its professional staff, in mental health services, GPs, counselling services and other community and voluntary groups, in relation to developing various responses to the incidences of suicide in the country.

The HSE South Regional Suicide Resource Office works closely with the National Office for Suicide Prevention with its primary role being the co-ordination and implementation of the National Strategy to Reduce Suicide (2015-2020) 'Connecting for Life' at local level.

The Suicide Resource Office has two designated Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention for the South East region. The office also offers advice and support and provides training around the issue of suicide. The office works very closely with community groups and voluntary groups to raise the awareness of the issue of suicide and to promote services available. Training programmes are offered to HSE and other relevant frontline staff in Carlow/Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford in partnership with voluntary organisations and the National Office for Suicide Prevention. The Regional Suicide Resource Office can be contacted on 051 874013. The Regional Suicide Resource Office co-ordinates the HSE's Bereavement Counselling Service for Traumatic Deaths for persons aged 16 years and over who are bereaved through sudden traumatic deaths. This is a free confidential counselling service providing short-term interventions for people bereaved by suicide. To date over 550 people have accessed this service. The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service is available across the five Counties of the South East. This service is delivered in conjunction with Console and provides outreach support to families and individuals that are recently bereaved by suicide. The service provides guidance, assistance and support to the bereaved as appropriate.

Wexford People

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