Every 18 days a child under the age of 18 in Ireland dies by suicide
Prof. Kevin Malone, “Suicide in Ireland 2003 – 2008”, 3Ts.
The statistics are stark, and I encourage you to look at the report here
Successive governments have been putting a policy together since 1995, with strategy document conveniently dated 1995 – 2013 to cover any awkward questions regarding the governments commitment to tackling suicide in Irish society.
The sad truth is that every year, the island of Ireland losses approx. 1,000 precious lives to suicide. The official figures are incomplete, and although it maybe for genuine data collection reasons, it can, at times, disguise the magnitude of the problem both in Ireland and Internationally.
This is not an issue we can sit back and let the Government solve because they haven’t in the past and clearly won’t in the future. I believe the cure to what ails us lies amongst us, in our communities.
The most beneficial and sustainable of cures will, I suspect come from within communities, not from the top.
An example of what I am talking about is a 5 KM walk being organised in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan at sunrise on Sun 8th September 2013. The symbolic journey from the dark into the light will be taken by members of the local community to show their commitment to supporting individuals & families touched by suicide.
Donations on the day will go to The Save Our Sons & Daughters (SOSAD) office in the town which has been open since last February, providing a 24hr helpline & free counselling to anyone who needs it thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers.
The office will be expanding to include a drop in centre & serenity garden for the community. It is hoped that through the generosity of local and or national businesses, the new expansion to services will be launched on International Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10th September 2013.
If you or anyone you know think you might be able to help please contact the office at this email address; email@example.com
Even the smallest assistance, by a number of people will make a massive difference.
SOSAD Ireland has offices in Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, Cavan, Carrickmacross & Tullamore. I volunteer with the Carrickmacross office. We are always looking for volunteers to help in many different roles, please log onto http://www.sosadireland.ie for more details.
Go raibh maith agat.