Suicide Awareness and Prevention Morning Wednesday 18th September

Exchange House was involved in the discussion panel at the Suicide and Awareness Prevention morning on 17th September 2013 at the Backstage Theatre, County Longford.


Suicide affects all of society. In Ireland, suicide rates for Traveller men are six times higher than that of the general population. The National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project joined with Exchange House in October 2012. On 17th September four staff members from Exchange House attended the Suicide Awareness and Prevention morning in the Backstage Theatre Longford.

Domestic Violence can often be a factor for mental health issues and suicide. Exchange House presented the work Sunia Geel 2 is doing as part of the discussion raising awareness of this connection between Domestic Violence and mental health. This is part of Exchange House holistic approach to working with clients.


Paul Nugent (Exchange House Travellers Service), Josephine Rigney (HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Officer), Anthony O’Prey HSE Health Promotion Officer), Michael Collins (actor/playwright) and Eddie Ward (National Health Project Manager pictured at Backstage Longford). Photo: Michelle Ghee

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