Where to go for help

Up to 10,000 people attempt suicide each year in Ireland. One in four of the population will be affected by mental ill health during their lives, with around 40,000 people suffering from serious mental illnesses. Where can those who may be depressed or even contemplating suicide find help? Joanne Fox compiles a list of services available to people at risk of suicide around the country.

Suicide Services — Suicide Prevention Numbers

Panel 1: The South

  • Farm & Rural Stress Helpline: 1800 742 645. Operates from 6pm to 10pm daily and supports people in rural communities who may be affected by stress and depression.
  • HSE Southern Area Suicide Helpline: 1800 742 745. Operates from 6pm to 10pm daily. A free and confidential service for people who are feeling suicidal or equally for a family member or friend who is concerned about someone.
  • Crisis Response Service for those who self harm and present at A&E Departments. This is a 24-hour, 7 days a week outreach support service.
  • AWARE Regional Number 051 565693 / 021 4550027
  • Samaritans Regional Number 021 427 1323
  • GROW Regional number 056 7761624
  • Mental Health Ireland regional number 051 848659

Psychiatric Services in South East Region:

  • St. Dympna’s Hospital, Carlow 059 9136300
  • St. Senan’s, Wexford 054 43200
  • St. Otterans, Waterford 051 848600
  • St. Luke’s, Tipperary 052 77000
  • St. Canices, Kilkenny 056 7784400
  • Self Harm Intervention Counselling Programme (Wexford only) 053 74050
  • Regional Suicide Resource Office 051 874013

Panel 2: The Midlands

Midlands Region Services for those at risk of suicide:

  • Two Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurses employed in Midlands Regional Hospital at Tullamore. Nurses assess all patients to A&E, who present with deliberate self harm and arrange appropriate referrals to other services or liaise with the client’s GP. There are plans to extend this service to the other two acute hospital sites in the region.
  • The resource officer for suicide in the region offers training and awareness to health care staffs/ teacher training centres and voluntary and community groups around the issues of suicide. The S.R.O. published a comprehensive “Directory of Personal and Community Supports” providing a list of all support services. E-mail: william.bland@mhb.ie
  • DUMP: Campaign for the Disposal of Unused Medicine Properly. This project aims to collect all unused medicines from the community through community pharmacies. Overdose is the most commonly used method of self-harm presenting at A&E departments throughout the country. The idea is that if homes are relatively free of unused medicines that the theat of self-harm by overdose may be lessened. This project will commence in September 2005.
Mid-West

Designated mental health professionals are available in A&E in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital to assist individuals presenting with mental health problems.

Panel 3: The North

  • Health Service Executive North West (HSENW) Information Line 1850 636 313
  • AWARE regional number Donegal 074 93 20791
  • Sligo 071 91 55120
  • Samaritans regional number Sligo 07191 42011
  • Samaritans regional number 041-9843888

Support groups in this area include:

  • Life Support Monaghan, Tel: 087 2405942
  • Co. Meath Living links, Tel: 046-9024107
  • Dundalk Counselling service, Tel: 042-9338333
  • Beginning Experience, Tel: 042-9371235
  • Rian Counselling Service, Tel: 046-9067016
  • Nedoc (GP out of hrs service), Tel: 1850 777 911
  • Irish Advocacy Network, Tel:047-38918
  • Cruse Helpline, Tel: 049-4372999
  • Information Line (24hr) on all services and support groups, Tel: 1850 24 1850
  • www.youthhealthne.ie provide an email reply service for anybody needing help.

Panel 4: The West

  • The HSE Western Area has employed a full time Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention available at (091) 54 8360; suicideprevention@whb.ie
  • Two Crisis Liaison Nurses in Mayo Mental Health Services are now in place.
  • A Directory of Support Services, “Personal Support Services Guide” has been compiled, distributed and loaded on the HSE Western Area website www.whb.ie
  • In the area of Early Identification/Crisis Intervention two standardized, validated, skills-based training programmes have been introduced.

Panel 5: The East

Hospitals
  • Naas General Hospital, tel.: 045 897 221
  • Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, tel.: 01 414 2000
  • St. James’s Hospital, tel.: 01 410 3000
  • Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, tel.: 01 455 8111
  • The Coombe Women’s Hospital, tel.: 408 5200
  • Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, tel.: 01 821 3844
  • Poison Information Centre, Beaumont Hospital, tel.: 01 837 9964
Doctors Direct
  • KDoc, LoCall 1890 599 362
  • Care Doc, CallSave 1850 334 999
  • Dub Doc, tel.: 01 454 5607
  • Eastern Region Customer Services Information Line – Freefone 1800 520 520
Dublin : Northern Area

The Health Service Executive – Northern Area, serving north Dublin city and county provides acute mental health hospital services for people who are in need of immediate care.

This includes:

  • Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. 01-646 5000
  • St. Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, Co. Dublin. 01-843 6337
  • St. Brendan’s Hospital, Rathdown Rd., Dublin 7. 01-838 5844
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview, Dublin 3. 01-884 2400

The Department is also working with TCD on the feasibility of the development of web based resources on mental health for colleges. “Good Habits of Mind”, an action research initiative for youth workers in the region to determine their information and support needs in relation to addressing mental health issues, is being published.

A training needs analysis for prison officers in relation to suicide prevention in a prison in the Northern Area is being progressed.

Nationwide

  • AWARE operate a Helpline providing non-directive counselling from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day all year round. AWARE 24 hour helpline 1890 303302, E-mail: aware@iol.ie
  • Mental Health Ireland, Tel: 01 2841166. E-mail: info@mentalhealthireland.ie
  • Irish Association of Suicidology, Tel: (094) 9250858 or (094) 9250859, E-mail: office@ias.ie
  • National Suicide Research Foundation, Tel: 021 277499
  • Schizophrenia Ireland Helpline 1890 621 631
  • Console, Tel: 1800 201 890 (24 hour helpline service) E-mail: info@console.ie. Free one-on-one counselling service for anyone affected by suicide. Also run therapeutic support groups and courses (free of charge). Provide referral service.
  • Samaritans, 1850 609090
  • Alba Counselling Services (for adults who experienced childhood abuse), Freefone 1800 234 112
  • Women’s Aid, Freefone 1800 341 900
  • Teach Tearmainn Women’s Refuge, tel.: 045 438 461
  • Victim Support, tel.: 01 679 8673
  • Homeless Services, Freefone 1800 724 724
  • Rape Crisis Centre, Freefone 1800 778 888
  • Childline, Freefone 1800 666 666
  • Parentline, tel.: 01 873 3500
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, tel.: 01 453 8998
  • Al Anon, tel.: 01 873 2699
  • Al Ateen, tel.: 01 873 2699
  • Gamblers Anonymous, tel.: 01 872 1133
  • Drugs / HIV Helpline, Freefone 1800 459 459

Bereavement

  • Cluaiscint, Tel: (066) 7125932
  • Irish Friends of Suicide Bereaved, Tel: (021) 294318
  • National Suicide Bereavement Support Network, Tel: 024 95561. E-mail: nsbsn@eircom.net
  • Solas (Bereavement Helpline for Children), Tel: (01) 4732110. E-mail: solas@barnardos.ie
  • Solace, Tel: 098 25813
  • Suicide Bereaved Support Group, Tel: 01 8484789
  • Schizophrenia Ireland, Helpline 1890 621 631
  • GROW, Tel: (01) 873 4029
  • Irish Friends of suicide bereaved St. Finbarr’s hospital 021 4316722
  • The Midlands Suicide Bereavement Support Service : 086 815 7320 from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
  • Living Links is now established in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers: Limerick City & County, 087-7998427; Clare, 086-0565373; and North Tipperary, 087-9693021.
  • Drogheda Bereavement support service, Tel: 041-9836084
  • Kildare Suicide Bereavement Support, tel.: 045 895 629
  • Carlow Bereavement Support, tel.: 0503 51277
  • Rainbow programme (for children and teenagers who have experienced the loss of a parent), tel.: 042 71235
  • Dóchas (Blanchardstown), tel.: 01 8200 915