World marks Suicide Prevention Day as people with difficulties urged to reach out

World marks Suicide Prevention Day as people with difficulties urged to reach out

People being encouraged to reach out and ask for support as the world marks Suicide Prevention Day.

Stigma and shame are still the biggest barrier for people seeking help for mental health difficulties, according to health officials.

"It's fair to say that Irish society in the last five years has taken two steps forward and one step back when it comes to mental health, and particularly stigma in mental health," said CEO of St. Patrick's Mental Health Services Paul Gilligan.

"So we’re seeing lots of celebrities declaring their own mental health problems [and] there's a lot more awareness of mental health in schools, which is really positive."

Those in need of help are being advised to visit their GP, or to contact The Samaritans' free-phone 24-hour helpline on 116 123.

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