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3 times more people die by suicide than die on our roads. For 15 years, 3Ts has been calling for improved Suicide Prevention Resources in Ireland and we believe that a Suicide Authority, similar in model to the Road Safety Authority, is needed to properly address this issue. We have worked to mobilise public opinion in support of such a structure and our proposal has gained considerable support amongst mental healthcare professionals, groups and organisations working in suicide prevention and amongst those who live with the devastation of suicide in their lives everyday.
Suicide is in the spotlight now, more so than ever. Countless families in Ireland have had their lives torn apart by suicide, the deaths of their loved ones largely unreported, yet the impact on families, friends and the wider community is devastating and long-lasting.
Ireland has a gold standard suicide prevention strategy, Connecting for Life. Yet where is the infrastructure and the funding to properly support and deliver this strategy? Why does it rely so much on the voluntary sector? Why is Government so complacent about gaps in the system? Gaps which which are costing lives lost to suicide every single day.
3Ts believes the formation of a Suicide Prevention Authority will offer a real opportunity to provide the adequate funding, resources and attention required to help reduce deaths by suicide in Ireland.
We have called on successive Governments to establish a dedicated Suicide Prevention Authority but we need your help to be heard.
Please help us to do this.