Press Release

World Suicide Prevention Day – Minister Moloney notes the importance of adopting a collective approach to tackling suicide

Mr. John Moloney, T.D, Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Disability and Mental Health today, Wednesday 10th September 2008, World Suicide Prevention Day said“Suicide affects all age groups and communities and reducing the present rate requires a collective, concerted effort from all groups in society. We must look after our mental health, look out for people around us who may be in psychological distress and encourage them to seek help from family, friends, and health professionals”Minister Moloney said

He added“The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day”Think Globally. Plan Nationally. Act Locally”is an opportunity for each one of us to focus our attention on the unacceptable burden of suicidal behaviours. For those bereaved through suicide the pain of losing a loved one is present every day but World Suicide Prevention Day presents a particular opportunity to heighten our awareness and understanding of mental health. The aim of this initiative is to encourage people worldwide to unite in commitment and action to promote understanding about suicide”.

The Minister acknowledged the work of the many voluntary agencies around the country who are working to prevent further tragic deaths by suicide, some of which are organising events to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Minister also welcomed the launch today of theNational Office for Suicide Prevention 2007 Annual Report and the National Suicide Research Foundation Annual Report 2006/2007.

This NOSP Report reports on Actions identified in ‘Reach Out’ the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention. Implementation of this Strategy is on-going and in 2007 significant progress was made on a number of action areas including: the launch of an awareness campaign in October 2007, the continued development of an improved response to self-harm presentations, continued cross border work on suicide prevention initiatives, collaboration on media monitoring on reporting on deaths by suicide and the roll out of national training programmes.

The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm Annual Report 2006-2007 was also published by the National Suicide Research Foundation, which is funded by the HSE to collect and analyse data on those who self harm. This Report shows that 10,700 presentations were made to Accident and Emergency Departments, involving 8,200 individuals in 2006 and 11,100 presentations were made involving 8,600 individuals in 2007.

“This report highlights the challenge that deliberate self harm and suicide prevention poses and will help to identify groups which are particularly vulnerable and will assist in targeting the provision of early intervention services” the Minister said

The National Office for Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2007 is available in pdf format on www.hse.ie or www.nosp.ie or e mail info@nosp.ie or Phone: 01 6352179/2139. Further information on the Annual Report on self harm is available from www.nsrf.ie Phone: 021 4277499 or e mail nsrf@iol.ie