Suicide Prevention

In seeking to improve people’s emotional wellbeing, the Public Health Agency are keen not only to focus on reducing the risk factors that can contribute to poor mental health and lead to suicide, but also on increasing the protective factors, which can often have an overwhelming impact on the course of an individual’s life with an aim to empower and build resilience for all age groups and support them to make positive choices in relation to their own mental health.

The protective factors that are enhanced through the Northern Area services include:

  • Resilience & Coping skills
  • Conflict / problem solving skills
  • Encouraging Family / community connectedness & support
  • Input from key community gatekeepers
  • Effective care for mental and physical health
  • Tackling substance misuse and
  • Support for help seeking behaviours


There are three community based, Suicide Prevention Development Officers in the Northern Locality, fulfilling this significant role since 2009, for support and more information click on the link below:-

Suicide Prevention – NICHI Health Alliance – Northern Ireland (

Additional Information

For more support information on a wide range of practical and emotional support services and projects please check out the following 3 websites:

The following reports and action plans are available on:

Development of the New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Northern Ireland – Pre-consultation Engagement Summary Report

Northern Ireland Lifestyle and Coping Survey

Annual Reports – Deliberate Self Harm Registry