Suicide prevention schemes available for communities

The HSE South Regional Suicide Resource Office works closely with the National Office for Suicide Prevention with its primary role being the co-ordination and implementation of the National Suicide Strategy (Reach Out) at local level.

The HSE South Regional Suicide Resource Office works closely with the National Office for Suicide Prevention with its primary role being the co-ordination and implementation of the National Suicide Strategy (Reach Out) at local level.

The office also advises, supports and provides training around the issue of suicide and works very closely with community groups and voluntary groups to raise the awareness of the issue of suicide and to promote the services available.

These training programmes are offered to HSE staff and to the general public in Carlow/Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford in partnership with voluntary organisations and the National Office for Suicide Prevention.

- safeTALK

safeTALK aims to increase awareness of self harm and suicide. safeTALK is a training package that prepares anyone over the age of 18 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. By attending this 3½ hour course, participants are able to identify people who have thoughts of suicide and move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.

- ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day community based training programme. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide.

- STORM Project

This training provides professionals who come into contact with people who engage in deliberate self harm, with skills-based training in risk assessment and management of suicide and self-injury. The goal of this initiative is that workers in hospitals, residential and community 
based setting etc. would become skilled in appropriate training that would ensure best practice in working and helping people who 
self-injure.

- Community Gatekeeper Training

A 7½ hour training programme delivered over a three week period, this training enables participants to acquire knowledge and attitudes to identify people at risk of suicide and to refer them to appropriate sources of help. The training is directed at anyone who has significant contact with people at risk of suicide in the course of professional or voluntary activities or anyone who has an interest in understanding more about suicide.

- Bereavement through Suicide

This day long workshop looks at the impact of loss through suicide on the individual, families and the community at large. It is suitable and designed for health professionals, bereavement care counsellors, emergency service personnel, school and college staff and local communities.

- Other programmes include: Suicide Awareness Training; Suicide Awareness Training for whole school staff; Suicide Awareness in Schools - an education programme for school staff (9 hours); Older adults - Depression and Suicide; SafeTalk Suicide Alertness for everyone; ASIST TuneUp; Understanding Self-Harm

For further enquiries regarding suicide prevention training, please contact Seán McCarthy in the Regional Suicide Resource Office on 051-8740132 or e-mail sean.mccarthy@hse.ie