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Irish National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention 2005-2014

Health Service Executive; the National Suicide Review Group; Department of Health and Children Government of Ireland Country Resources Suicide Prevention Ireland 1 January 2005 Policy document harm reduction, mental health promotion, substance use

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The vision of this strategy is of a society where life is valued across all age groups, where the young learn from and are strengthened by the experiences of others and where the needs of those who are going through a hard time are met in a caring way so that:
• the mental health and well-being of the whole population is valued
• mental illness is more widely recognised and understood and those experiencing difficulties are offered the most effective and timely support possible
• the abuse of alcohol and other drugs is reduced conssiderably
• everyone who has engaged in deliberate self-harm is offered the most effective and timely support possible
• those affected by a suicide death or deliberate self-harm receive the most caring and helpful response possible.

There are four action areas of this strategy:
1. Level A - To promote positive mental health and well-being and bring about positive attitude change towards mental health, problem solving and coping in the general population.
2. Level B - Targeted Approach: To reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour among high risk groups and vulnerable people.
3. Level C – Responding to Suicide: To minimise the distress felt among families, friends and in a community following a death by suicide and ensure that individuals are not isolated or left vulnerable so that the risk of any related suicidal behaviour is reduced.
4. Level D – Information and Research: To improve access to information relating to suicidal behaviour and on where and how to get help, and to encourage suicide research and improve access to research findings.

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