In conjunction with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and the coroners across Cork county and city, a real-time surveillance system for suicide has been established. Called the Suicide and Self-Harm Observatory, this initiative is unique in Europe and provides us with real-time information on suspected suicides, which can have a huge impact on how we respond and support families and communities. The NSRF also manages the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, which informs clinical practice and policy about patterns and risk groups associated with self-harm and self-harm repetition. The NSRF can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a closer connection with the business community in terms of supporting positive mental health in the workplace.
All stakeholders are now working more closely together for a joined-up approach to mental health and services. This was particularly apparent across the entire county during last year’s Green Ribbon month, when more than 10,000 green ribbons were distributed and worn across Cork.
A regular newsletter is distributed to outline key developments in the implementation of Connecting for Life Cork
We can see a closer working relationship with key mental services within the HSE, and with our community and voluntary partners across Cork city and county.
The continual promotion of three free support numbers for anyone in crisis - The Samaritans are on 116 123 , Pieta House is on 1800 247 247 and Child line is on 1800 666 666. The media in Cork have been very supportive of this work. Posters promoting these services can be downloaded at connectingforlifecork.ie.
There has been increased training in courses like safeTALK and ASSIST , and an on- line booking system is in place.
The Samaritan and Cork City FC have partnered up to promote mental health and wellbeing.
Samaritans on their free confidential 24/7 helpline on 116-123.
You can email j o @ s a m a r i t a n s . i e or contact Pieta House National Suicide Helpline on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444