Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), 10th September, 2021


World Suicide Prevention Day is a global public health day, focused on raising awareness and understanding about suicide prevention.

The Theme for 2021 is “Creating Hope Through Action”, which aligns with the focus on collective and individual efforts, that are reflected in the National Strategy  to reduce suicide, ‘Connecting for Life’.

World Suicide Prevention Day is a time, when each and every one of us, can demonstrate to others in our lives and communities, that there is hope. Even though suicide is a very complex issue, we can  and should always, signal to people who are vulnerable or experiencing suicidal thoughts, that we care and want to support them. This helps to create a more compassionate society, where those who need to, feel more comfortable in coming forward to seek help.

Creating Hope Through Action

Here are six simple actions, that we can all take, that can help create hope with others.

  1. Reach in – Reach in to someone you know might be struggling or to someone who you know has struggled before.
  2. Reach out – If you are feeling particularly low or hopeless, always remember that sharing things with someone else will help.
  3. Reconnect – Find ways to re-establish meaningful connections for people, wherever they have been lost or damaged. A good sense of belonging, is important for people’s mental health.
  4. Learn more – Learn more about suicide prevention and how to recognise and identify people, who might be at risk of suicide and connect them with resources that can help.
  5. Show your support – Connect with a support or community organisation – volunteer, help spread their messages and become involved in activities. that help promote positive mental health and wellbeing or suicide prevention, in your community.
  6. Know where to turn – Get to know what mental health services and supports are available and tell more people about them.

Where you can find Support now

GP Out of Hours Services

If it’s late in the evening, night time or the weekend, you can contact a GP out of hours service.

MI Doc (Laois, Offaly, Longford & Westmeath 1850 302 702).

NEDoc (Louth, Meath 1850 777 911).

Hospital Emergency Services

Hospitals are listed on the online service finder. You can also contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you or someone else has harmed themselves or taken an overdose.

HSE Mental Health Services

If you have been (or are currently) supported by a mental health team, go to the Emergency Department or contact the service you are attending and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.

Listening Service

For confidential, non-judgemental support, the Samaritans are free to call, anytime day or night on 116 123 in the Republic of Ireland.