Press Release

Devins affirms Government’s commitment to suicide prevention

Dr. Jimmy Devins, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (17th January 2008) said “additional funding provided in recent years reflected the Government’s commitment to tackling suicide in Ireland”.

“The National Office for Suicide Prevention has an annual budget of €4.5m, but a number of other suicide prevention initiatives are also delivered by the HSE for which funding does not come within the suicide prevention office’s budget. Some of these include funding for 11 dedicated resources officers, deliberate self-harm response nurses in A & E Departments and a wide range of general psychiatric services in both acute hospital and community settings”.

The Minister commended the “tremendous commitment and dedication of those involved with the many statutory and voluntary organisations working to preventing suicide in this country”.