West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Help prevent suicide in the community

Published: 2 December, 2011

Ógra Shinn Féin is hosting a training programme 'Preventing Suicides in the Community.' It will take place in Omagh Sinn Féin Office from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 14th January and will be delivered by PIPS.

This is a one day training course and is aimed at ordinary members of the community. Participants will learn how to identify signs that someone is at risk and may be considering suicide, how to engage safely and effectively with someone who you believe may be at risk of suicide. It will enhance knowledge of the wide range of support that exists for people at risk of suicide, highlight the importance of supporting someone in making a link to a source of help and demonstrate the importance of maintaining their own positive mental health.

If you would like to book a place on the course contact Barry on 07885569940.

Ógra Shinn Féin chairperson Kerry McColgan said,

"Ireland has one of the worst incidences of suicide. It is the biggest killer of young people and over the last ten years, reported suicides have risen by more than 25%.

There is no community, no family, and no section of society that has not been touched or affected by suicide which makes suicide prevention is everyone's business. We invite you to come along to the course which will equip you with the skill and know how, to spot the signs of someone contemplating taking their own life, and then being able to intervene and prevent it.

The more people involving themselves in these courses then the more lives can be saved, opening up these suicide prevention lifesaving skills to people in their own community. This literally could make all the difference in saving someone's life."