Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:33

After a death by suicide

Nothing should be done to glamorise or dramatise the event, but doing nothing can be as dangerous as doing too much. Every school should have policies and procedures that address the needs of the principal, teachers/staff, students and parents after a suicide. Maureen Underwood and Karen Dunne-Maxim in their book,…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:29

After a suicide attempt

Lots of emotions swirl around after a suicide attempt. The young person who attempted to end his/her life may feel guilty or ashamed. Most feel relieved that they did not die. Family members and friends may be angry or judgmental, asking how could this have happened. Worry about if or…
Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:05

Golden Rules of Suicide Prevention

  Listen to what people say to you and show that they can open up to you.. Don't be afraid to ask direct questions about suicidal thoughts - you won't put ideas into their head. Never keep suicide a secret.- if someone asks you to keep their suicidal thoughts a…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:17


If you are feeling suicidal or you know someone who is feeling suicidal then you should seek immediate help by contacting your GP or other health professional, or by calling one of the national support lines below: Samaritans 1Life Childline Aware Ireland Dublin Rape Crisis Centre OANDA (GLBT) Recovery (Substance…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:48

How to detect Suicidal behaviour

Most suicidal young people don't really want to die but they do want their pain to end. In around 80% of cases people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide. The key to prevention is to know these signs and what to do to help. Watch…
Friday, 29 July 2016 09:47

Myths about Suicide Featured

FALSE!!     If I talk to people about their suicidal feelings, it will put the idea into their heads.  FALSE!!     If a person talks about wanting to die that is a sure sign that no suicide attempt will be made.    FALSE!!     If you think about suicide or suicide attempts, you will…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:21

Restricting the means of suicide

Means matter when it comes to suicide prevention In an effort to prevent suicide, many suicide experts have focused their attention for the past two decades on identifying the risk factors, warning signs and reasons why a person attempts suicide. We've believed that if we understood the conditions that lead…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:29

Suicide Prevention at your school

Starting a School Program With the help of a teacher or school staff, you can organise a prevention education campaign that designates a week or a month to raising awareness about youth suicide. We don't recommend assemblies as a way of talking about this serious subject. It is better to…
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:33

Suicide Warning Signs

If someone is seriously depressed and thinking of attempting suicide there are often warning signs that family and friends can pick up on. Noticing and acting upon these warning signs could save a life. Most people who are considering suicide are willing to talk about their problems if someone shows…
Friday, 23 November 2012 12:19

Why do some young people die by suicide?

Why do some young people die by suicide? Everyone who is touched by a youth suicide, or is simply curious, asks this question. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, because each person who dies takes the reasons with them. Suicide researchers have offered some general theories around the risk and…

Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.


The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173