It was with deep sadness that the National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project learnt of the deaths by suicide over the past 7 days of a 15 year old Traveller girl in Limerick and her 17 year old boyfriend in Tipperary.
The loss of these two young people’s precious lives remind us how vulnerable our young people are and that we must redouble our efforts to reach out, communicate and support young people. Sadly over the last week there has been three girls and two men who died by suicide.
Furthermore, how important it is that the mental health and suicide prevention services connect and support the Traveller community. The rate of suicide amongst the Traveller population is six times higher than the national average and seven times higher than the national figure amongst Traveller men.
The National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project which is funded by the National Office of Suicide Prevention works with Traveller projects providing suicide prevention, intervention and post vention support, training and advocacy and we are acutely aware of the need and demand throughout the country for mental health and suicide prevention services.
Exchange House National Travellers Service which manages and supports the National Travellers Suicide Awareness Service extends its sympathy to the families of these young people and men.
If you need assistance or need to speak with somebody please call the National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project or Exchange House at 01 872 1094.
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|Samaritans (24 hours)||1850 609 090|
|Console Bereavement Support (24 hours)||1800 201 890|
|One Life Suicide Prevention||1800 247 100|
|Aware||1890 303 302|
|Parish of the Travelling People||01 838 8874|
|TeenLine||1800 833 634|
|Traveller Counselling Service||086 308 1476|
|Pieta House||01 601 0000|
|Travelling to Wellbeing, West Cork Travellers||083 419 3295 - Adele|
|Travelling to Wellbeing, Travellers of North Cork||087 691 2440 - Sharon|
|Travelling to Wellbeing, Offaly Travellers||087 621 5297 - Sandra|
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