A NEW suicide prevention strategy for Cork is due to be launched later this month by Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly TD.
The HSE has confirmed Minister Daly will launch ‘Connecting for Life Cork’ on July 26, a plan tailored to meet the specific needs of Cork City and County.
These specific needs were identified during public consultation sessions, with 12 workshops held across Cork, as well as additional workshops for members of the Travelling community as well as Ethnic Minorities, the LGBT community and young people.
‘Connecting for Life’ is part of Ireland’s national strategy for suicide prevention, led by the HSE’s Office for Suicide Prevention.
The strategy includes the HSE’s vision for suicide prevention and the actions that will be taken to help prevent suicide and self-harm in the City.
However, the launch comes later than expected. The updated strategy was promised by March of this year, according to South-Central City Councillor Mick Finn.
Any new strategies from ‘Connecting for Life Cork’ must “hit the ground running”, Cllr Finn told the Evening Echo.
“While I realise these things are complex and take time, suicide and mental health generally are areas in which we cannot drag our feet,” Cllr Finn said.
“Greater urgency is required when dealing with suicide, which has rocked (communities) and is continuing to affect communities right across Cork. New initiatives from this strategy must hit the ground running and not take as long to be implemented.”
Cllr Finn also called for greater supports for schools affected by suicides. Planned resilience programmes for some schools in Cork affected by suicide were cancelled earlier this year because charity providers could not spare personnel, he added.