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Recent Traveller Suicides in Limerick & Tipperary - 31st July 2013

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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NTSAP Mental Health Training Programme - 9th August 2012

The National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project’s “Training for Traveller Men” has been piloted in Exchange House National Travellers Service headquarters in Dublin.  The feedback from the training group was that the training was informative and useful. Using a community development approach,  this module will provide training to Traveller men in prevention, intervention and postvention initiatives in the areas of positive mental health, mental health issues and suicide.

The training covered the following areas:

  • Identifying what is positive mental health
  • Identifying what are mental health issues
  • Identifying and working to develop appropriate responses in prevention
  • Developing skills to make appropriate interventions in crises situations and referrals to appropriate organisations
  • Identifying and working with others, Traveller and non-Travellers, to develop appropriate responses in postvention

Training included sessions on Positive Mental Health, Self-Care, Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention with input from Pieta House and Console.

The training has been successfully completed and the feedback and evaluation from the group will be incorporated into the training pack. It is very important to have the training evaluated by the Traveller men taking part in the training. This training has to be relevant and accessible to people for it to have maximum effect.  The NTASP Mental Health Training Programme will be rolled out nationally once the evaluation has been completed and the findings incorporated into the training pack.

If you have any queries or would like the training delivered in your organisation, please contact NTSAP at Exchange House on 01 872 1094 or info@exchangehouse.ie.

Exchange House
National Travellers Service

61 Great Strand Street
Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel: 00353-1-8721094
Fax: 00353-1-8721118
Email: info@exchangehouse.ie
Web: www.exchangehouse.ie