Suicide awareness days needed in Tipperary schools

Sinn Féin councillor Catherine Carey says she is “delighted” that her notice of motion regarding all schools in Tipperary having a suicide awareness information day has been passed by Tipperary County Council.

Sinn Féin councillor Catherine Carey says she is “delighted” that her notice of motion regarding all schools in Tipperary having a suicide awareness information day has been passed by Tipperary County Council.

The motion has now been referred to the National Office of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) for their consideration and implementation.

A new National Framework of Suicide Prevention for the period 2015-2018 is currently being developed by the NOSP and once adopted into legislation, County Local Action Plans will be required, which will involve co-operation with over 30 voluntary groups as well as agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention.

“It is vital that our children learn from an early age about mental health issues and that they are prepared for the ups and downs of life,” Cllr. Carey says.

She adds: “There is help available and they know where to get that help when things are getting them down.”