County to make plan to tackle suicide

Kilkenny is to be only the third county in Ireland to have a Suicide Prevention Plan.

Kilkenny is to be only the third county in Ireland to have a Suicide Prevention Plan.

The announcement of the plan is due to take place at a seminar held in the city on September 14 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, said Cllr Malcolm Noonan, who is organising the second annual event. The process of creating the plan, funded by Kilkenny Leader Partnership, will then begin this autumn.

The theme of this year’s Lifeline Seminar, which will be held in Butler House from 9.30am to 1pm on September 14, is “Suicide Prevention in Ireland – A Whole Community Response.” Speakers will include Deputy Dan Neville, founder of the Irish Association of Suicidology and a legislator responsible for decriminalising suicide back in 1993.

There will also be related events with youth groups taking place around the city on September 8, which will be recorded by Young Irish Film Makers. An edited short film of the activities will be shown at the Lifeline Seminar, which has received financial support from the Lions Club.

“It’s an international event and we are trying to highlight it locally to raise public awareness and perhaps, by way of the seminar, to offer people some hope that there is help out there, and that there are many organisations working on the ground locally that are have a very positive impact on people who are in crisis,” Cllr Noonan said.