To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the County Longford Primary Health Care Project for Travellers will host a number of different mental health information sessions for Traveller families in the county – an initiative that will continue for four weeks, leading up to Mental Health Day on October 10.
The Traveller community has a suicide rate six times higher than the average population and life expectancy is 15 years lower than the national average for men and 11 years for women. The project, delivered by Longford Community Resources Ltd, is attempting to address the situation alongside other community groups and health service providers.
The objective of the initiative is to break the cycle of stigma around mental health and raise awareness that suicide is a preventable cause of premature death.
Those who are feeling down or who know somebody who is depressed or at risk are urged by the project to contact their local GP, who can provide treatment or advice. To learn more about the mental health information sessions, or Safe Talk and Applied Suicide Information Skills Training, contact the Co Longford Primary Health Care Project for Travellers on 087 6524767.