World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September – Resources available

This year,  HSE have partnered with Pieta and Cavan Library to organise an Information workshop for parents/concerned adults on Understanding Suicide and Self-harm. This is taking place on Tuesday 12th September from 6 – 7.30 pm in Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan.

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance through eventbrite:

We also have a number of free suicide prevention awareness training programmes scheduled during September and October across Cavan and Monaghan. This includes the following courses:

  • Suicide Bereavement Training for Professionals, Monday 11th September, Errigal Hotel, Cootehill, 9 am – 5 pm; direct link to book a place:


  • safeTALK Training on Thursday 14th September in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney from 9.30 – 1 pm; click here to book a place:


  • Understanding self-harm training, Friday 6th October, 9 am – 4 pm in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney; click here to book a place:

  • safeTALK Training on Friday 6th October, Hub Muinchille, Cootehill, 9.30 am – 1 pm; click here to book a place:

  • ASIST Training, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October, Iontas Centre, Castleblayney, 9 am – 5 pm; click here to book a place:

Key messages for World Suicide Prevention Day

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September 2022 is “Creating Hope through action”. It is a time when we can spread a message of hope to others. Even though suicide is a very complex issue, we can always look out for others who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, and provide support. This helps to create a more caring society where those who need to, feel more comfortable in seeking help.

The following messages are some examples of actions that can help to create hope this World Suicide Prevention Day.


Reach in to someone you know who might be having difficulties. Find a comfortable space and time to sit and be present with them. Use open questions and tell them you care about them. You don’t need to have all the answers. If they share things with you, listen – stay calm, be patient and kind. Remember that bringing up the topic of suicide with someone will not make suicide more likely. It can be really helpful for a person just to have a safe space to open up, know that they are heard and that they are not alone at a difficult time.

Tips on being a good listener, HSE

Supporting someone who might be suicidal, HSE


If you are feeling particularly low, sad or hopeless, always remember that sharing things with someone else will help. Reaching out to talk with someone – someone close or even a support organisation – might initially feel frightening. Even if you can’t find the right words, when you take that first step and start to share and talk about what’s going on for you, things can become clearer. The right words will come, and you will start to feel more hopeful.

Talk about how you feel, HSE


Connect with a support or community organisation. Volunteer, help spread their messages and become involved in activities that promote positive mental health and wellbeing or suicide prevention in your community. Always think about the person and what they might be going through when talking about suicide. Remain compassionate and be respectful of the lives that have been lost, and others who have been bereaved. Remember that people can and do get through times of crisis, and that a positive message of recovery, can be protective and hopeful for others to hear.

What to say to someone going through a tough time, HSE


The topic of suicide should always be approached with care and compassion. It is important to use sensitive and non-stigmatising language when engaging in a conversation, talking or writing about suicide. Using language and words that are helpful and respectful, will encourage open and safe conversations about suicide, and its prevention. They can help to create environments that are free of stigma, judgment or prejudice.

Always avoid using the term ‘commit suicide’ –this can imply a sin, criminal offence or act, and therefore can be stigmatising –of the person who has died, or of people who have been bereaved. In general, use neutral and simple terms such as ‘died by suicide’, ‘die by suicide’ or ‘death by suicide’.

More tips on language and suicide from the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP)



If someone tells you that they are having thoughts of suicide, stay calm and don’t be afraid. There are always helpful things you can do and there are training programmes that can help prepare you. Free suicide prevention and awareness programmes are available from the HSE. These can build your confidence, help you recognise people who might be at risk of suicide, ask them about suicide, and connect them with helpful supports and services. For example:

  • LivingWorks Start, a 90 minute online programme
  • safeTALK, a half day face-to-face programme

Visit for more information.


Get to know what mental health supports and services are available, and tell more people about them. Speak with a GP about what might be available locally. Tell your family, your friends, your colleagues – you never know when someone might need them. Many are open 24/7 and you can make contact in different ways, for example:

  • on the phone – Samaritans, or Freephone 116 123
  • by text message – Text about it, text HELLO to 50808, visit
  • online – MyMind,
  • face-to-face – Pieta,or Freephone 1800 247 247.

You can also call the HSE YourMentalHealth Information Line, anytime day or night, for information on what other services and supports are available near you – Freephone 1800 111 888 .

Remember that people can and do get through times of crisis, and that a positive message of recovery, can be protective and hopeful for others to hear.

If you, or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, go to or call the emergency department of your local general hospital. You can also contact emergency services on 112 or 999 anytime, day or night.