"Connecting for Life" - SuIcide Prevention Action Plan for Longford/ Westmeath, Laois/ Offaly, Louth/Meath

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 6 October 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As key partners in the development of the Connecting for Life Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Longford/Westmeath, Laois/Offaly/, Louth/Meath I would be grateful if you could disseminate the information contained within this email on the Connecting for Life Consultation process below through the relevant communication channels within your organisation – e.g. staff email, intranet, website, Facebook/Twitter, PPNs, funded services/organisations and projects and service users.


Please revert to me with any questions or queries.


Kind Regards,



The HSE, in partnership with the community, voluntary and statutory organisations, is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for the counties of Longford/Westmeath, Laois/Offaly, Louth/Meath. It will be based on the national Connecting for Life Strategy *National Strategy as outlined below. This process commenced in April 2017 and will be completed and launched in early 2018.

Given the complexity and the cross-cutting nature of suicide and self-harm, consultation will play a key role in the development of the Plan. This provides an opportunity for individuals, service providers, community organisations and those at increased risk of self-harm and suicide to give their views, contribute their knowledge and expertise and have their say regarding what should be included in the Plan. This will help to ensure that the national goals are translated into local actions that are consistent, efficient and effective.

During the month of October you are invited to take part in this consultation by completing a short online survey which can be found at the following website (please click on the link): www.connectingforlifemidlandslouthmeath.ie The website contains surveys aimed at both service providers and members of the public. I would be grateful if you could share this email and link to the website as relevant - with staff, colleagues, service users and other services/organisations/groups or individuals who you think may like to participate in the consultation process.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email: eddie.ward@hse.ie or by phone: (043) 335-0169 Mob: (086) 380-1152.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to contribute to the development of the Suicide Prevention Action Plan.


Kind Regards,



Eddie Ward, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Longford/Westmeath,

Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO),

Health Service Executive, Health Centre, Dublin Road, Longford.

Tel:(043) 335-0169 Mob: (086) 380-1152 E: eddie.ward@hse.ie


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* Connecting for Life’ is Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015–2020. The vision of ‘Connecting for Life’ is ‘an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and well-being’.

‘Connecting for Life’ sets out the actions that will be taken to reduce suicide and self-harm in Ireland over the next five years and the expected outcomes from the implementation of these actions.

The overall goals in implementing these actions are:

- To facilitate a better understanding of suicidal behaviour, mental health and well-being.

- To support communities capacity to prevent and respond to suicidal behaviour

- To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health amongst those vulnerable to suicide

- To enhance accessibility, consistency, care pathways and integration of services for people vulnerable to suicide behaviour

- To ensure safe and high quality services for people vulnerable to suicide

- To reduce and restrict access to means of suicidal behaviour

- To improve surveillance, evaluation and high quality research relating to suicidal behaviour.