Suicide Prevention Day - Awareness Events
A number of suicide awareness events are scheduled in the period around World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September
Understanding suicide and self harm
Cavan County Library Service and Pieta have partnered to organise an Information workshop for parents/concerned adults on Understanding Suicide and Self-harm. This is taking place on Tuesday, 12 September from 6pm – 7.30pm in Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, H12C9K1.
Places are limited and need to be booked in advance through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/autumn-series-information-workshop-understanding-suicide-self-harm-tickets-700140819037?aff=oddtdtcreator
Other free courses
The following courses have also been organised in County Cavan throughout September and October:
- Suicide Bereavement Training for Professionals, Monday, 11 September, Errigal Hotel, Cootehill, from 9am – 5pm. To book a place, visit: https://bookwhen.com/suicidepreventiontrainingcho1/e/ev-sva9-20230911090000
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Thursday, 21 and Friday, 22 September in the Errigal Hotel, Cootehill, from 9am – 5pm. To book a place, visit: https://bookwhen.com/suicidepreventiontrainingcho1/e/ev-swxy-20230921090000
- safeTALK Training on Friday, 6 October, Hub Muinchille, Cootehill, from 9.30am – 1pm. To book a place, visit: https://bookwhen.com/suicidepreventiontrainingcho1/e/ev-st4s-20231006093000
Key messages for World Suicide Prevention Day
The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2022 is “Creating Hope through action”. It is a time when we can spread a message of hope to others. Even though suicide is a very complex issue, we can always look out for others who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, and provide support. This helps to create a more caring society where those who need to, feel more comfortable in seeking help.
The following messages are some examples of actions that can help to create hope this World Suicide Prevention Day.
Reach in to someone you know who might be having difficulties. Find a comfortable space and time to sit and be present with them. Use open questions and tell them you care about them. You don’t need to have all the answers. If they share things with you, listen - stay calm, be patient and kind. Remember that bringing up the topic of suicide with someone will not make suicide more likely. It can be really helpful for a person just to have a safe space to open up, know that they are heard and that they are not alone at a difficult time.
If you are feeling particularly low, sad or hopeless, always remember that sharing things with someone else will help. Reaching out to talk with someone - someone close or even a support organisation - might initially feel frightening. Even if you can’t find the right words, when you take that first step and start to share and talk about what’s going on for you, things can become clearer. The right words will come, and you will start to feel more hopeful.
'Be the light'
Connect with a support or community organisation. Volunteer, help spread their messages and become involved in activities that promote positive mental health and wellbeing or suicide prevention in your community. Always think about the person and what they might be going through when talking about suicide. Remain compassionate and be respectful of the lives that have been lost, and others who have been bereaved. Remember that people can and do get through times of crisis, and that a positive message of recovery, can be protective and hopeful for others to hear.
The topic of suicide should always be approached with care and compassion. It is important to use sensitive and non-stigmatising language when engaging in a conversation, talking or writing about suicide. Using language and words that are helpful and respectful, will encourage open and safe conversations about suicide, and its prevention. They can help to create environments that are free of stigma, judgment or prejudice.
Always avoid using the term ‘commit suicide’ – this can imply a sin, criminal offence or act, and therefore can be stigmatising –of the person who has died, or of people who have been bereaved. In general, use neutral and simple terms such as ‘died by suicide’, ‘die by suicide’, or ‘death by suicide’.
'Increase your awareness'
If someone tells you that they are having thoughts of suicide, stay calm and don’t be afraid. There are always helpful things you can do and there are training programmes that can help prepare you. Free suicide prevention and awareness programmes are available from the HSE. These can build your confidence, help you recognise people who might be at risk of suicide, ask them about suicide, and connect them with helpful supports and services. For example:
- LivingWorks Start, a 90 minute online programme
- safeTALK, a half day face-to-face programme
Visit www.nosp.ie/training for more information.
'Know where to turn'
Get to know what mental health supports and services are available, and tell more people about them. Speak with a GP about what might be available locally. Tell your family, your friends, your colleagues – you never know when someone might need them. Many are open 24/7 and you can make contact in different ways, for example:
- on the phone – Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/ or Freephone 116 123
- by text message – Text about it, text HELLO to 50808, visit www.textaboutit.ie
- online – MyMind, visit www.mymind.org/
- face-to-face – Pieta, visit www.pieta.ie/ or Freephone 1800 247 247.
You can also call the HSE YourMentalHealth Information Line, anytime day or night, for information on what other services and supports are available near you – Freephone 1800 111 888 or visit www2.hse.ie/mental-health/.
Remember that people can and do get through times of crisis, and that a positive message of recovery, can be protective and hopeful for others to hear.
If you, or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital. You can also contact emergency services on 112 or 999 anytime, day or night.
Further details including links to additional resources can be accessed here: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/world-suicide-prevention-day-2023.html
A two minute World Suicide Prevention Day video “Step closer” from the International Association for Suicide Prevention can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/ndjcJAaOVdg
Details on training available in Cavan and Monaghan can be accessed at: https://bookwhen.com/suicidepreventiontrainingcho1