Suicidal ideation and behaviors among Irish Travellers presenting for emergency care: Ethnicity as a risk factor

Background: Suicide is a serious problem in the Traveller community, with rates estimated at 11%: over 6 times that of the general population. Aims: We aimed to establish the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation (SI) and self-harm (SH) among Irish Travellers. Method: This was an observational cross-sectional cohort study of patients presenting with SH and SI to a tertiary[…]

The public health approach to suicide prevention in Ireland

This article provides an overview of the public health approach to suicide in Ireland. The authors provide detail on the current suicide prevention strategy in Ireland, Connecting for Life, which is a whole-of-government, systemic, multicomponent national strategy. As the strategy enters its final extended phase of implementation over the period 2020-2024, the public health elements[…]

A rapid review of Irish Traveller mental health and suicide: A psychosocial and anthropological perspective

Introduction:Irish Travellers are an indigenous ethnic minority (IEM) with poor health outcomes. Whilst they constitute less than 1% of the Irish population, they account for 10% of national young adult male suicide statistics.
Methods:A rapid review of scientific publications related to mental health and suicide in Irish Travellers was undertaken following the Preferred Reporting[…]

Suicide statistics report: Latest statistics for the UK and Republic of Ireland

There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2018. Suicide statistics for the UK as a whole, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not routinely published together by any other organisation. https://media.samaritans.org/documents/SamaritansSuicideStatsReport_2019_Dec19_compressed.pdf  

Suicide prevention: GPs professional views & practice experience

Background: Connecting for Life (CfL), Ireland’s national, coordinated, multifaceted strategy to reduce deaths by suicide and self-harm, recognises the important context that primary care plays in suicide prevention. Within this context, the General Practitioner (GP) plays a vital role. In May 2017, the Monitoring & Evaluation Team & Clinical Advisor in the National Office for Suicide[…]

Best practice guidance for suicide prevention services: Findings of a survey

Connecting for Life (CfL) is Ireland’s national, coordinated, multifaceted strategy to reduce deaths by suicide 2015-2020. Strategic Goal 5 of this strategy seeks to ensure safe and high quality services for people vulnerable to suicide. A key Action (5.1.1) under this goal is to ‘Develop quality standards for suicide prevention services provided by statutory and non-statutory[…]

Technology, mental health and suicide prevention in Ireland: A good practice guide.

While many of us remain reluctant to ask for help when we are going through tough times, the internet has become the great enabler of the 21st century. Online services allow individuals to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to bring private concerns towards inter-personal solutions. From the perspective of people already engaged in[…]

The area-level association between hospital-treated deliberate self-harm, deprivation and social fragmentation in Ireland.

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Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This study compared the profile of intentional drug overdoses (IDOs) presenting to emergency departments in Ireland and in the Western Trust Area of Northern Ireland between 2007 and 2012. Specifically the study aimed to compare characteristics of the patients involved, to explore the factors associated with repeated IDO and to report the prescription rates of[…]

Suicidal action, emotional expression, and the performance of masculinities.

Male rates of suicide are significantly higher than female rates in Ireland and other Western countries, yet the process and detail of menÕs suicidal action is relatively unknown. This is partly due to prevailing theoretical and methodological approaches. In this area of study, macro-level, quantitative approaches predominate; and theoretical frameworks tend to adopt unitary notions[…]