New reports reveal low suicide rate in Longford

Longford is among the counties with the lowest suicide rate, according to reports released by junior health minister Kathleen Lynch ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10.

Longford is among the counties with the lowest suicide rate, according to reports released by junior health minister Kathleen Lynch ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10.

Three reports around the subjects of suicide and self-harm were published today, including the National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report for 2012 and the NRSF National Deliberate Self Harm Report for 2012.

The reports reveal that 495 people died by suicide in 2010 – 405 males and 90 females.

It has also been revealed that the counties with the highest rates of suicide include Kerry, Leitrim and Westmeath.

According to the All Ireland Traveller Health Study, which was completed in 2010, the suicide rate in the Traveller community is six times higher than that of the general public.

To help address this fact, the Backstage Theatre is hosting “Magpies on the Pylon”, a play written and performed by Michael Collins. The actor hopes that the play will break the taboo about suicide in Irish society. “Magpies on the Pylon” will take place on Wednesday, September 18 at 10.30am in the Backstage Theatre.