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In October, Inspire Ireland, the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and Men's Health Forum in Ireland launched an online tool which has been designed to improve the mental fitness of young men in Ireland. The website has been designed so that men can access it in their own time, and engage with it on their own terms; choosing as many or as few interactions as they want. The application allows the user to undertake and track a series of activities which provide an indication of their mental wellness. The actions are based upon the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, and are centred upon four core areas: confidence, practicality, control, and being a team player. To access, go to http://www.workoutapp.ie/.

 

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) views suicide as a global health concern because over one million people every year are thought to die by suicide. For each person who dies by suicide, it is estimated that between 10 and 20 others attempt suicide. By 2020, the WHO estimates that, on average, one person will die by suicide every 20 seconds and one person will attempt suicide every one or two seconds.

In Ireland, the number of people completing and attempting suicide is a significant social and public health concern. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show 486 deaths were recorded as suicides throughout Ireland in 2010, while 527 deaths were recorded as suicides in 2009. In addition, almost 12,000 people attended hospital emergency departments in 2010 seeking medical help for deliberate self-injury. However, it is likely that the number of people who attempt suicide or engage in deliberate self-harm is much higher.

Families, friends, colleagues and whole communities are impacted by suicide. Indeed, it has been estimated that for each person who dies by suicide at least six other people are significantly affected. This means that a lot of people in Ireland have been personally affected by suicide in one way or another.

 

Dublin City University (DCU) Response

In recognition of the serious social and personal impact of suicide in Ireland, DCU, through the establishment of a Suicide Research Team at the School of Nursing, has been involved in research in the area of suicide for a number of years. In that time, the School of Nursing has built up a reputation for working in collaboration with service users, national and international partners and statutory and voluntary health agencies to gain a better understanding of suicide, and to evaluate and develop interventions and services for people at risk or affected by suicide (please click here more information about collaborations and suicide research in the School of Nursing, DCU).

The research study currently being conducted by the Suicide Research Team in DCU is called the PISA project, and it is funded by the Health Research Board (HRB). It has been set up to test whether a group intervention, which was developed specifically for people who have made at least 2 suicide attempts, is effective when compared to usual treatment. The PISA intervention was developed in St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada. For more information about the PISA study please click here.

Some members of the PISA Project Team L-R: Dr Robert O'Connor (School of Nursing and Human Science, DCU); Odhran McCarthy (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital); Gerry Moore (School of Nursing and Human Science, DCU); Dr Evelyn Gordon (School of Nursing and Human Science, DCU); Rosemary James (HSE Wexford), Maeve Kenny (St Vincent's Hospital Fairview); Dr Aileen O'Reilly (School of Nursing and Human Science, DCU)