1016. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Health the funding allocated for the provision of applied suicide intervention skills training, ASIST, courses; the number of such courses held to date since January 2018; if the HSE has run ASIST courses since January 2018; if the HSE plans to run ASIST courses in 2018 which are not outsourced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16678/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. Question No. 1017 answered with Question No. 983.
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465. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase resources for suicide prevention services in County Kildare in view of the number of recent suicides in the county and the county’s high suicide rate compared to national averages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9801/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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8. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase resources for suicide prevention services in County Wexford in view of the number of recent suicides in the county and the county’s high suicide rate compared with national averages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6379/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Suicide Prevention)

Deputy Mick Wallace: According to the Central Statistics Office and National Office for Suicide Prevention, Wexford consistently has one of the highest suicide rates per capita in the country. At times in the past ten years, the suicide rate in the county has been almost double the national average. Will the Minister provide an update on his plans to increase resources for suicide prevention services in Wexford given the number of recent suicides in the county, its high suicide rate when compa...

377. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s decision to cut funding to a mental health charity (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5583/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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380. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Office for Suicide Prevention is no longer providing funding to an organisation (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the organisation has counselled more than 7,000 women and partners since 2011; if the National Office for Suicide Prevention will review this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5593/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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171. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the services available and the way in which they are accessed for a person (details supplied) presenting as a suicide risk who cannot be seen by child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, due to budget constraints and cannot access adult services; the way in which their risk will be managed in the absence of such services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52559/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Enquiries have been made with the HSE who have indicated that they are in contact with this person and their family and I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
The Deputy may be aware that the HSE provides advice on their website http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/supports-services/urgent-help.htm for people who may have concerns regarding persons with suicidal tendencies. The H...

304. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all front-line staff, including but not exclusive of primary, secondary and third level education staff, receive suicide prevention training; if suicide prevention training is mandatory for front-line staff under the aegis of his Department; and if not, if he will make such training mandatory with the provision of a refresher online course available to staff to be completed every three years thereafter. (Question 45655/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is strongly supportive of the promotion of positive mental health awareness in schools. The Department adopts a holistic and integrated approach to supporting the work of schools in promoting positive mental health and to supporting those with a broad range of problems, behavioural emotional and social.
The processes span the curriculum in schools, whole-school ethos, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, student s...

626. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health if all front-line staff working the public health system and related voluntary agencies receive suicide prevention training such as the HSE’s SafeTALK suicide alertness for everyone half-day training programme or its equivalent; if suicide prevention training is mandatory across the public health system and related voluntary bodies; and, if not, his plans to make such training mandatory with the provision of a refresher online course available to staff to be completed every three years thereafter. (Question 45653/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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640. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health the measures he will take to reduce the level of suicide and mental health problems in the Traveller community in view of recent research (details supplied) showing 82% being directly affected by suicide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45731/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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1091. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if all frontline staff including but not exclusive to Tusla receive suicide prevention training, if suicide prevention training is mandatory for front line staff under the aegis of her Department; and if not, her plans to make such training mandatory with the provision of a refresher online course available to staff to be completed every three years thereafter. (Question 45656/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): While the provision of suicide prevention training to all frontline staff for the four agencies within my remit is an operational matter, I wish to inform the Deputy that I am advised by the agencies as follows:
- A number of staff in the Adoption Authority of Ireland have participated in suicide prevention training. The Authority supported their attendance and will continue to support other staff members who may wish to avail ...

1174. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if all front-line staff receive suicide prevention training, if suicide prevention training is mandatory for front-line staff under the aegis of her Department; and if not, her plans to make such training mandatory with the provision of a refresher online course available to staff to be completed every three years thereafter. (Question 45657/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department fully recognises the need to support staff and promote awareness of suicide and its prevention. My Department has been proactive in providing training and supports in this area. The Department provides suicide prevention training to staff through the delivery of the ‘safeTalk’ programme, which is designed to help participants identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first ai...

296. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if the HSE, through the National Office for Suicide Prevention, will continue to provide core funding to an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40274/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Following extensive engagement recently between the organisation in question and the Health Service Executive, it was agreed by all parties that there was no longer a strategic alignment between the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and this organisation and that NOSP would be invoking the termination clause of the previous Grant Aid Agreement. However, this organisation was advised to contact other HSE divisions or ag...

853. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the role he envisages voluntary organisations playing in the implementation of the recommendations as outlined in the national strategy to reduce suicide 2015-2020, Connecting for Life. (Question 37100/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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672. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the policy or procedures in place in the accident and emergency departments of Cherry Orchard Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the Coombe women and children’s hospital when an adult, adolescent or child, respectively, presents with suicidal ideation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35010/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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673. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the number of suicide crisis assessment nurses in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the Coombe women and children’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35011/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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557. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the evaluations of all major activities conducted under the aegis of Connecting for Life; and if the findings have been disseminated and lessons learned or shared with programme practitioners and partners on activities that may reduce suicidal behaviours. (Question 33818/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. 
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558. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the National Office for Suicide Prevention’s development of an outcomes framework to align with Connecting for Life. (Question 33819/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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842. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the amount allocated to the National Office for Suicide Prevention in 2016 and 2017, respectively; and the amount of this budget which was spent, reallocated or returned. (Question 34461/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Office for Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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843. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health the number of vacancies which currently exist in the National Office for Suicide Prevention; and the time these positions have been vacant. (Question 34462/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Office for Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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419. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the details of the out of hours services available in Cork city and county for a person who may be suicidal; the way in which a person may contact the appropriate services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30121/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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1306. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if he will address a matter with regard to a person (details supplied) concerning further education opportunities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27788/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

1443. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Health his plans to work with the National Office of Suicide Prevention to provide age appropriate suicide prevention and awareness training to persons under 16 years of age such as SafeTalk and ASIST. (Question 28475/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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425. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health the number of suicide crisis assessment nurses in the Mater hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23065/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) Initiative was first set up in 2008 in line with A Vision for Change’s proposed shift towards community-based provision of multidisciplinary services. Under this initiative, GPs can refer directly to SCAN Nurses for assessment and advice on management of their patients who attend their surgeries with suicidal ideation. In each of these settings, a comprehensive biopsychosocial asses...

426. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health the policy or procedures in place in the accident and emergency department of the Mater hospital when an adult, adolescent or child, respectively, presents with suicidal ideation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23066/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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441. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons that accessed suicide prevention supports in the HSE Dublin north east and north Dublin area each year since 2012; the outcome of such access if available; the number of referrals to further mental health services each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21755/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Suicide Prevention)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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