Resource Office For Suicide Prevention

Service Details

Target Age

  • 19 - 24 years


  • Schools & Education Support
  • Health & Primary Care
  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement
  • Training

Support Type

  • In-person - Group
  • Telephone


  • Laois
  • Offaly

Contact Details

Contact Person(s)

Josephine Rigney


Old Birr District Hospital John's Terrace, Birr, Co. Offaly R42 AN20


086 8157850

Contact Hours

9am - 5pm. Monday to Friday.


Emergency Assistance

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If someone is hurt or in danger call the emergency services straight away. Emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 or 112 in Republic of Ireland or 112 in Europe.

Additional Service Information

Referral Process

  • Self-referral
  • Other healthcare/socialcare provider

Service Description

The HSE Resource Officers for Suicide Prevention work within the HSE/Community Healthcare Organisation Midlands Louth/Meath. Their work is aligned with the National Office for Suicide Prevention with regard to the implementation of the National Strategy to Reduce Suicide – Connecting for Life.

A Resource Officer is assigned to each of the two counties of Laois/Offaly, Longford/Westmeath and Louth/Meath.

They work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies including schools, NGOs, sporting groups and community groups to increase awareness of mental health and suicide prevention strategies.

List of Services Available

The various components of the work of the Resource Officers include:

 Coordinate and lead implementation of the national strategy ‘Connecting for Life’ at HSE/Community Healthcare Organisation level
 Coordinate and deliver suicide and self-harm prevention training to health and social care, educational and other frontline staff and communities.
 Deliver suicide bereavement training and postvention responses in communities when appropriate
 Lead the development of Community Response Plans to a Suspected Suicide Death across HSE/CHO areas
 Provide guidance, advice and knowledge to individuals, community groups, workplaces and other settings that may request same.

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