A Suicide Prevention Code of Practice was endorsed by the FRC National Forum in 2013 and a National Working Group was subsequently set up to progress the implementation of the Code of Practice across the 120 FRCs in Ireland. The development of the Code of Practice was supported through the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP). The NOSP is responsible for driving the implementation of Connecting for Life - Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020. The NOSP continues to support the project in partnership with TUSLA to ensure the successful implementation of the Code of Practice across the Family Resource Centre Programme. This involves the delivery of training to FRC staff and volunteers.
The ‘Suicide Prevention Code of Practice Workshop’ is co-facilitated with HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Officers, which is one of a number of training events provided for Family Resource Centres as part of the National FRC Mental Health Promotion Project.
The overall learning objectives for the workshop are:
To give participants a broad understanding of suicide prevention in Ireland and the important role of Family Resource Centres
To give participants an insight into the Code of Practice for Suicide Prevention and the recommended guidelines for staff and volunteers around identifying and responding to suicidal behaviour
To provide support and facilitate mutual learning around the local implementation of the Code of Practice