Plans to re­duce sui­cide in Fin­gal

Fingal Independent - - OPINION -

THE HSE is invit­ing your views on a new strat­egy to re­duce the level of suicides in Dublin North city and county.

‘Con­nect­ing for Life Dublin North City and County’ is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped and will set out spe­cific lo­cal ac­tions to de­liver the seven goals of the Na­tional Strat­egy on re­duc­ing lev­els of sui­cide.

The de­vel­op­ment of this plan is be­ing led by the HSE and sup­ported by an in­ter-agency Steer­ing Group rep­re­sent­ing the lo­cal statu­tory and non statu­tory agen­cies in­volved in sui­cide prevention in the area. This is a lo­cal plan and lo­cal peo­ple are in­vited to have their say about what should be in­cluded.

Speak­ing about the con­sul­ta­tion process which is un­der­way Sara Maxwell, Re­source Of­fi­cer for Sui­cide Prevention said ‘The HSE is un­der­tak­ing a con­sul­ta­tion process in re­la­tion to a lo­cal sui­cide prevention ac­tion plan.

‘We want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to have a say in what should be in­cluded in the lo­cal sui­cide prevention ac­tion plan. We want lo­cal in­put on what is work­ing and not work­ing in re­la­tion to pre­vent­ing sui­cide and self harm, to iden­tify any gaps in ser­vice de­liv­ery or ser­vice ac­cess and to in­form the ac­tions that will be in­cluded in the plan.’

The aim of the Con­sul­ta­tion process is to gather the knowl­edge and views of the pub­lic and ser­vice providers in Dublin North city and county; to es­tab­lish what is work­ing and not work­ing in re­la­tion to pre­vent­ing sui­cide and self harm and iden­tify any gaps in ser­vice de­liv­ery or ser­vice ac­cess. Along­side a re­view of the ev­i­dence base, this in­for­ma­tion will in­form the ac­tions that will be in­cluded in ‘Con­nect­ing for Life Dublin North City and County’, due to be launched in early 2018.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing urged to have their say and to fill out the sur­vey which is avail­able at http://www.con­nect­ing­for­lifed­ncc.ie/

The sur­vey will close on the 17 th of Novem­ber 2017.

If you, or some­one you know needs sup­port, call the Sa­mar­i­tans on 116 123 or Pieta House Helpline 1800 247 247 or for more in­for­ma­tion go to www. your­men­tal­health.ie.

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