A suicide prevention charity is publicly offering to subsidise an independent audit of suicides in Ireland but so far its offer has not been taken up by the authorities.
If the Government does not take
up the offer, 3TS (Turn the Tide on Suicide) chairman Noel Smyth said it
planned to liaise with other suicide-prevention charities to fund the
It would examine what services the country had and what
services it needed.
If the State agencies are not interested, Mr Smyth
said he would invite other organisations such as Pieta House, Aware and
the Samaritans to contribute.
According to Mr Smyth, who is
offering to pay 50 per cent of the audit, 3TS was in contact with three
officials from the previous government in relation to the offer, but
never received a solid answer.
In October Mr Smyth was in contact
with Minister of State for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch, who said the
Government could not fund the audit.
A spokesman for the
Department of Health did not say whether the offer was declined, but
said other organisations were involved in suicide documentation.
Mr Smyth said this was not good enough, as reports issued by Government agencies are not fully independent.
“If you’re going to do an audit, you have to make sure it is independent,” he said.
He expressed dissatisfaction with reports issued by the National Office for Suicide Prevention, operated by the HSE.
a spokeswoman for the HSE said the office brought together and funded a
wide range of agencies working in the area of suicide prevention, from
both the statutory and non-statutory sectors, to deliver programmes and
services around the country.