The rate of female suicide in Ireland increased by 14.7% in the year 2013 to 2014, according to the Samaritans annual report.
In 2014, 459 people took their own lives, of whom 368 were men and 91 were women.
Although the rate for men fell by 6.4%, they “are still four times more likely to take their own lives than women”, the mental health charity warned.
Urging the new Government to take steps to reduce suicide, Samaritans executive director for Ireland, Catherine Brogan, said: "We are naturally concerned.
“Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind family and friends whose lives will never be the same again. Every single suicide is a tragedy.”
“Tackling suicide requires a wide range of agencies to work together nationally and in communities, to give people the best chance to turn their lives around when they are struggling.
“Strong political oversight and leadership is required to ensure that the challenges we face in reducing suicide are overcome.”
— Samaritans Ireland (@SamaritansIRL) May 20, 2016
Samaritans is calling on parties and elected representatives to make suicide reduction a priority by ensuring that Connecting for Life, the national strategy for suicide reduction is implemented and that ring-fenced funding for suicide reduction is maintained.
Catherine Brogan continued: “We must all work together to encourage men and women to seek help before reaching a crisis point, so that they can access the support they need.”
“We all have a role to play in reducing suicide in Ireland. Feeling physically or socially isolated is a risk to your mental health.
“Be kind to yourself and, if you’re struggling, take action. Go to the GP, contact Samaritans If you see someone else struggling to cope, take action, ask them: ‘Are you ok?’
“Those could be the most important words you say today.”
Anyone can contact Samaritans from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email email@example.com, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.