Be Suicide Aware… A Challenge to the Community in general and to Lions.
Suicide remains an on-going tragedy in Ireland. While the number of deaths by suicide per 100,000 in the population has fallen from 12.1 to 8.5 in the five years to 2016, more than 400 Irish people take their own lives every year. Young men and women account for many of these deaths.
A report (Richardson et al., 2013) stated that Irish young males had the highest number of suicides in the European Union, while another report showed Irish young females also experienced the highest suicide rate in Europe in 2018 (European Child Safety Alliance, 2014).
We all can play a valuable role in reducing these tragic deaths, both within the community and within the ‘Lions family’. Each time we meet a person who has lost a family member or close friend to suicide, we get the same message, ‘Please bring the discussion about suicide out in the open’
Training is the key to being prepared to initiate this discussion. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Face-to-Face Suicide Prevention Training is currently unavailable. We strongly recommend, therefore that all Lions in District 133 should avail of online Suicide Prevention Training.
The following options are available:
‘Start’ Suicide Prevention Training Online.
- This programme is delivered in the Republic of Ireland by the HSE.
- To participate go to: www.nosp.ie/training
- From this page you can email the Resource Officer in your area to register.
- Training takes 90 minutes.
Ohana Zero Suicide Online Training is available throughout the island of Ireland.
- Go to: www.ohana.ie to access the training.
- Training takes 25 minutes.
Northern Ireland online Suicide Prevention Training – Link Life
- This training is from Fresh Minds Education
- Training takes 2.5 hours and is facilitated, with a maximum of 12 people per session.
- Contact Public Health Authority, Northern Ireland (www.publichealth.hscni.net or on +44-300-555-0114) or www.lionsclubs.ie)
All participants in Suicide Prevention Training must be aged over 18. People suffering from mental health or who had a recent bereavement are discouraged from taking the training.
- Help Lines: A card with the list of helplines is now available for use on smartphones and we also have a PDF file available for printing out the card.
- Click Helpline List PDF to download.
‘Suicide is one moment of weakness in a courageous fight for life. Strength is not always enough when the weight of the world is pulling you under.’ If you are talking to a friend and realise they are struggling with mental health issues, could you ask the question:
‘Are you thinking of suicide or harming yourself’
Suicide is real, it hurts, and it is now.
Prevention is real, if you learn the ‘how’.
Suicide is real, we all have to talk,
Help is real, if you walk the walk.
By reading this we know you care.
Be Suicide aware.
Take the training to prepare.
The Lions Clubs in the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland have over the past two decades helped local communities in preventing Suicide. It is estimated over this period €200,000 has been invested in Suicide prevention, by Lions Clubs.
3 Key Actions over that period
1. Organising Suicide Prevention course ASIST (Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training). View video below :
2. Organising Suicide Safe Talks. Download the safeTALK leaflet – ASIST Leaflet Download.
3. Distribution of Lions Clubs pocket cards, with helpline contact details. 400,000 cards distributed over the past 10 years.
We continue to help in those areas. Click here to download cards.
For information Contact: Lion Pat Connolly, Galway. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know a person who needs urgent help, CALL SAMARITANS FREE CALL. 116 123 (UK & NI). 116 123 (ROI). This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.