Some important questions for this Forum. How has Ireland progressed on the issue of youth suicide? What are the local successful experiences? How do we share this experience with International colleagues?
Ireland’s mental health community, community organizations and religious groups have worked on this issue over the last 2 decades and have much to share with each other and the international community. Despite declining suicide rates here in Ireland, we have the fourth highest rate of suicide amongst young people in the E.U (UNICEF Report Card 2017). This forum will give service providers, both locally and internationally, an opportunity to discuss what we are doing, and what we can do, to address suicide amongst young people. Suicide is worldwide the 3rd leading cause of death for teens aged 15-24 (WHO statistics).
When working together on this issue,local communities can find support by understanding that the issues they work on are not solely local, but shared across the globe. Though these issues are largely caused by global phenomena, we must find specific local solutions. Visitors of local communities will have the opportunity to see issues they face in their own communities back home in a new light, and can find the much-needed support and inspiration to tackle them anew.
This forum aims to bring people from the larger Irish community together with the international IAPOP conference participants, to work on how communities and affected individuals, health services, activist groups, and the government can work together.
Focus and Facilitation: Ellen and Max Schupbach, Ger Halpin, Eileen Moore, Grace Walsh and everyone.