Improving suicide bereavement supports in Ireland (2020)

HSE Mental Health, together with the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), have published the report Improving suicide bereavement supports in Ireland.

The ‘Improving suicide bereavement supports in Ireland (2020)’ report sets out 10 core action areas that encompass 21 actions identified as essential for the improvement of suicide bereavement supports. The report also identifies the ownership of the actions that will allow for the improvement and sustainability of services in this area.
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HSE Mental Health Operations and the National Office for Suicide Prevention have collaborated on the publication and have agreed on the appointment of a National Suicide Bereavement Support Coordinator to work on the implementation of the actions set out in the report. Oliver Skehan has been appointed as the coordinator on a part-time basis and can be contacted on oliver.skehan@hse.ie.

The report includes the ‘HSE communication guide following suspected suicides in services’. The purpose of this guide is to assist HSE Mental Health Services in supporting families with an appropriate and consistent response and to ensure signposting to bereavement supports.

Jim Ryan
Assistant National Director for Mental Health Operations
mentalhealth@hse.ie