Connecting for Life is the national strategy for suicide prevention from 2015 to 2020. It sets out the Irish Government’s vision for suicide prevention, the expected outcomes over the next five years and the actions that will be taken to prevent suicide and self-harm in Ireland.
Connecting for Life Cork is based on the same vision, goals, objectives and measurable outcomes as the national strategy. The Cork action plan will track its progress against the national primary and intermediate outcomes, which have been mirrored at a local level. See Connecting for Life for listings of these outcomes.
An extensive consultation process will be undertaken in the formation of the Suicide Prevention Action plan. A variety of interest groups/stakeholders will be consulted with; and this consultation will be led by the Suicide Prevention Engagement Working Group.As part of the consultation process, online submissions will be accepted over a two month period. This online process will run alongside a series of public consultation workshops and forums which address suicide prevention issues in the county.
Objectives of engagement in developing the Cork Suicide Prevention Action Plan:
a) To raise awareness of the Cork Suicide Prevention Action Plan, suicide prevention and good mental health, and to begin a public conversation that will support the way people think about suicide prevention and mental health.
b) To gather the views of all people, groups and individuals, community and voluntary groups and statutory agencies throughout the county on how to reduce suicide and self-harm in the county, including the views of those not directly affected by the issue. This is achieved through various methods outlined in the plan.
c) To get a view on the priority areas for action in reducing suicide and self-harm.
d) To establish what is working and not working for people in maintaining good mental health.
e) To establish what people see as the suicide and mental health supports available to them.
f) To get views on what actions can be taken to improve mental wellbeing and coping skills for the people of Cork across the county.
g) To get views on what is required for family, friends and the community after a completed suicide.
There will be 12 workshops held in North Lee, South Lee, West Cork and North Cork. Additional workshops will be held for the Traveller and Ethnic Minority community (one workshop); the LGBT community; and young people, If required, one or two additional workshops will be held after all the workshops have taken place (for e.g. with young men or sports organisations).Please contact Martin Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org / 021-4659746 for information on these workshops.
You can find details of the workshops below. Please note that some dates are yet to be confirmed.
Togher Community Centre – 5th September – 7.30pm to 9pm
Knocknaheeny Youth Centre – 6th September – 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Adair Hall, Fermoy – 12th September – 7pm to 9.30pm
Kinsale Actons Hotel – 13th September – 7pm to 9.30pm
- Mallow Youth Centre – 14th September – 7pm to 9.30pm
Carrigline Community building – 20th September (Venue to be confirmed)
North Duhallow, IRDDuhallow Community building – 29th September – 7pm to 9.30pm
Take part in an online survey
You can also have your say on suicide prevention via an online survey. The surveys are available at: