Press Release

Minister Daly launches Connecting for Life Cork

Minister Jim Daly, Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, today officially launched Connecting for Life Cork. This local plan is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as outlined in the national strategy, Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to reduce Suicide 2015 – 2020.

Connecting for Life sets out a vision where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

This vision is to be realised through seven goals:

  • Better understanding of suicidal behaviour
  • Supporting communities to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour
  • Targeted approaches for those vulnerable to suicide
  • Improved access, consistency and integration of services
  • Safe and high-quality services
  • Reduce access to means
  • Better data and research

Connecting for Life Cork runs from 2017 to 2020 inclusively. Its vision is of a County Cork where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Minister Daly commented: “This local plan is an important step for Cork, and marks the continued roll-out of local action plans for Connecting for Life which have been developed across the country during 2016 and 2017. I wish to thank the many people that contributed to the formation of this, including the statutory, NGO, community and voluntary sectors who I know gave significant time and effort to ensure this plan meets the needs of Cork.  I look forward to the positive impact this plan will undoubtedly have.”

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 Additional Information

Have you been affected by suicide, self-harm, or just need to talk?

Support is available for you now:

Anyone in crisis can get support through their GP.

Round-the-clock psychiatric care is available at the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital, where care is provided out-of-hours by on-call psychiatrists.

•        Contact your local GP.
•        Go to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital
•        Contact emergency services by calling 999 or 112
•        Call the Samaritans, the FREE 24-hour listening service, Call 116 123
•        Call Pieta House, a FREE 24-hour crisis line at 1800 247 247
•        Call Childline, 24-hour service at 1800 66 66 66

For further information and a list of other supports, you can access:

www.yourmentalhealth.ie

www.bereaved.ie