In communities across Ireland, suicide generates feelings of grief, apprehension and concern. For every Irish person who dies by suicide, many others attempt to end their lives, and many more suffer the despair that leads them to consider suicide. Historically as a nation we have struggled to talk openly about suicide and how it impacts on us.
However, our national conversation is growing and we are becoming better at discussing and addressing issues relating to our mental health.
The ROI national suicide prevention strategy, Connecting for Life, is a whole-of-society strategy to co-ordinate and focus our national effort to reduce the loss of life by suicide. Resources, training and contact details for local resource officers for suicide prevention are available on the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) website