Range of services available for people affected by suicide ideation and bereavement

There is help for people who are feeling suicidal and for families or friends who are concerned about someone. This is the message from the HSE as the National Office for Suicide Prevention recently published its annual report for 2012.

There is help for people who are feeling suicidal and for families or friends who are concerned about someone. This is the message from the HSE as the National Office for Suicide Prevention recently published its annual report for 2012.

The HSE South which covers counties Carlow/Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, is keen to inform the public that there are a range of services available in the area of suicide prevention, as well as support in the aftermath of a suicide. People, who feel they are in crisis for whatever reason, need to know they are not alone and that help, advice and support is available to you.

Seán McCarthy, regional suicide resource officer for the South East said suicide is a significant issue in the south east and of great concern to the HSE.

“Clearly we have a lot more work to do in raising awareness of the services and support that is available on a 24-hour basis, whether it is through GPs, Caredoc, the emergency departments, or the range of counselling services that are available. The help and support is out there for people and we will continue to work to raise the awareness and to coordinate our activities, and to reach out to the most vulnerable to ensure that we can address the concern and worry that is in the community at this time.”

Suicide prevention and bereavement support

Over the last 12 months, the HSE South and Console, the national charity for suicide prevention and bereavement has developed a new partnership to extend professional counselling, support and helpline services in the HSE South Region. The HSE also provides a bereavement counselling service for people bereaved by traumatic circumstances and access to this service is through the person’s GP or other medical professional. To date 354 people have accessed this service. If you are experiencing emotional distress or worried about someone else in your life that you think needs support as they may be vulnerable and is potentially at risk of taking their own life, the following supports are available to you: HSE South free-phone 24/7 suicide prevention helpline: 1800 742 745; HSE South free-phone 24/7 farm and rural stress helpline: 1800 742 645; 1life free-phone suicide 24/7 helpline: 1800 247 100 or Text ‘help’ to 51444.

If you have been bereaved by suicide or affected by someone who has taken their own life, support is available for you through a partnership between the HSE South and Console.

Individuals, families or community groups and organisations who have been affected by someone who has died by suicide can avail of the following support:

HSE South 24/7 suicide bereavement helpline: 087 7986944

Console free-phone 24/7 helpline: 1800 201 890

These support services are aimed at:

People with active thoughts of suicide or of not wanting to continue with life

Individuals who engage in acts of deliberate self-harm

People whose thoughts have progressed to active planning for suicide

People affected by others suicidal behaviour

Those who have bereaved through suicide

Others who may be in crisis, related to suicide

Self-Harm Intervention Programme (SHIP)

The SHIP service is available across the counties of the South East. This is a free confidential HSE professional counselling service offering short term counselling to individuals aged 16 and over who are experiencing suicidal ideation or the impulse to self-harm. Referral is through a person’s GP or other medical professional.

Contact Seán McCarthy in the Regional Suicide Resource Office on 051-8740132 or e-mail sean.mccarthy@hse.ie