World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on the 10th of September every year, to demonstrate worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2022, Ballyhoura Development in association with the HSE are inviting people to join them in Charleville Park Hotel for an event on Saturday, September 10th from 11am to 2.30pm and also in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown on Wednesday, October 12th from 10am to 1.30pm.

John Lonergan, published author and retired Governor of Mountjoy Prison, will be the guest speaker. John focuses on issues such as the importance of community, why we can’t enforce change on others, reducing the risks of suicide and balancing our lives between work, home and family.

Also speaking on the Day will be Jacinta McCormack from the HSE who will give an overview of the North Cork Health Project. Mid West ARIES will also be attending and will introduce and launch their new online Self-Paced Course at the event.

Suicide is a difficult issue to address, and World Suicide Prevention Day is a time to signal to those who are vulnerable or those experiencing suicidal thoughts, that we care and want to support them. That there is hope. This helps to create a more compassionate society, where people feel comfortable coming forward to seek help, if they need it.

The day will have a large focus on wellness and will offer wellness workshops and opportunities for people to meet and talk with lunch and refreshments also provided.

Jacki Hehir, Development Officer with Ballyhoura Development would like to hear from community groups who would like to get involved and leave a message of hope for the day or remember a loved one. Jackie may be contact on 087-1840938 for further information. The event is free, however, registration is essential with registration now open on

Remember, the HSE YourMentalHealth Information Line, is always available anytime day or night, for information on what other services and supports are available near you. Freephone 1800 111 888 or visit

For further information on the event, please contact Jacki Hehir on 087-1840938. #ballyhouraspreadshope