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.
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.