Written Answers. - Suicide Prevention.

Wednesday, 7 May 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 566 No. 1

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  79.  Mr. Neville  Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   further to Parliamentary Question No. 107 of 20 February 2003, the areas of spending on suicide prevention and research in 2002 and 2003. [12034/03]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Mr. T. O'Malley): Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  Since the publication of the report of the national task force on suicide in 1998, a cumulative total of more than €13 million has been provided towards suicide prevention and for research. This includes an additional €1.11 million provided in 2002 and a further €0.655 million provided this year. A breakdown by agency for these two years is as follows:

Agency 2002 2003
€m €m
ERHA 0.127 0.150
Midland Health Board 0.000 0.050
Mid-Western Health Board 0.063 0.050
North-Eastern Health Board 0.121 0.050
North-Western Health Board 0.070 0.050
South-Eastern Health Board 0.127 0.050
Southern Health Board 0.254 0.050
Western Health Board* 0.348 0.205
Total 1.110 0.655

*Includes funding for National Suicide Review. National Suicide Research Foundation. Irish Association of Suicidology.

Additional funding has also been made available to further develop child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and old age psychiatry services to assist in the early identification of suicidal behaviour and to provide the necessary support and treatment to individuals at risk. This Government shares the public concern about the level of suicides in this country and is fully committed to supporting suicide prevention programmes and the further development of our mental health services, as resources become available. My Department will continue to work closely with the health boards, the national suicide review group and other agencies towards reducing the level of suicide and attempted suicide in this country. The national health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, includes a commitment to intensify the existing suicide prevention programmes over the coming years.

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