By September 11, 2013 Read More →

World Suicide Prevention Day

ID-10058409Research suggests that 90% of people who die by suicide have diminished responsibility. People who reflect on their suicide attempts in the past, often describe the shutters of their mind closing down and say that they were in consumed in total darkness. Others say that they lost contact with reality before they attempted suicide. It is commonly accepted that those who attempt or complete suicide do not usually want to die, but they believe that they have an intense private problem or problems that will never end.  At least 90% of people who die by suicide may have had a diagnosable and treatable mental illness. Alcohol or drug addiction coupled with a mental illness could also present a higher risk factor. Source:

While there is a lack of concrete data on suicide among ethnic minorities in Ireland, studies suggest that the rate might be higher then that of the general Irish population. In dealing with this issue, a greater understanding of the different cultural attitudes towards suicide among different ethnic groups must be coupled with more accessible mental health services and support. – Cairde highlighted in Child Links, a journal published by Bernardos.

Where to go for help:

  • GP
  • Hospital Emergency Departments
  • Local HSE mental health service

There are a number of local and national helplines;

  • 1 Life
  • Samaritans 1850 609090
  • Console 1800 201890
  • Aware 1890 303302
  • Teenline
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Helpline
  • Childline
  • HSE Rural Helplines

Voluntary Organisations also provide a range of supports

  • Pieta House 01-6010000
  • Console
  • BeLonG To
  • Bodywhys
  • Suicide or Survive (SOS)
  • GLEN

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