It’s World Suicide Prevention Day
Suicide is one of the three leading causes of death of both men and women between the ages of 15 and 44. In Ireland, four people a week commit suicide.
Sadly, according to a recent survey, most Irish people would rather not know if a friend is depressed.
And research released today by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services found that 65% of us believe that being treated for a mental health problem is seen as a sign of failure in Irish society.
On World Suicide Prevention Day it’s worth remembering that we all have the power to reach out and help someone who feels like they can’t go on. Your attitude could make someone think twice about taking their own life…
Pieta House has nine suicide and self-harm crisis centres throughout the country in counties Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Tipperary and Kerry.
They suggest keeping an eye on signs that someone might be depressed and thinking of suicide.
- Sleep disturbance
- Giving away possessions
- No interest in anything
- Speaking of no future
If you or anyone you know is feeling anxious, stressed out or struggling to cope, please confide in someone. All services are completely confidential and you might save a life.
You can get expert help from the following organisations:
The Samaritans are trained volunteers who are able to listen to you any time day or night. You can call 116 123 for free at any time of the day or night.
Console is an organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services.
Aware provides support & information for people who experience depression, anxiety or mood disorder and their concerned loved ones. Lo-call 1890 303 302.
Suicide or Survive is an Irish charity focussed on breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues. Call 1890 577577.