Statement by Mr John Moloney, T.D. Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health on World Suicide Prevention Day
“Today, World Suicide Prevention Day, I acknowledge the tremendous work being done throughout Ireland and the rest of the world to prevent the tragic loss of life by suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we can do to create a culture and an environment where people in distress feel they can seek help from family, friends and health professionals.
We need to listen to our family, friends and colleagues, to talk if we are worried and to stand with those who have experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one through suicide.
All state agencies and voluntary groups must work together to maximise their effectiveness. By harnessing our resources and our commitment, we can make a difference and reduce the devastating effects suicide has on individuals and on communities”.