Press Release

Minister O’Malley launches research report ‘Moving beyond Coping’ – An insight into the experiences and needs of Travellers in dealing with the experience of suicide

Mr Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Friday 10th November 2006) officially launched a research report ‘Moving beyond Coping’ – An insight into the experiences and needs of Travellers in dealing with the experience of suicide.

Tallaght Travellers Youth Service, which is a special project of Catholic Youth Care, commissioned and engaged Nexus (Irl) to carry out the research. A collaborative approach was used in order to study the experiences of Travellers in Tallaght in dealing with the experience of suicide, attempted suicide and crisis situations and to assess the needs of this community in relation to current and future supports.

The Minister said “this research data will be welcomed by organisations working with Travellers in the area and it will assist in making Travellers more informed and more enabled to address their own needs in partnership with the relevant service providers and agencies”.

The Minister referred to ‘Reach Out’ A National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention which was launched in September 2005. He said that “A fundamental aim of this strategy is to prevent suicidal behaviour, including deliberate self-harm, and to increase awareness of the importance of good mental health among the general population”.

The Minister paid tribute to all who were involved in the research project. He also stressed the Government’s commitment to the implementation of suicide prevention initiatives and the further development of mental health services in order to prevent, and reduce further tragic loss of life.