PHA pre-consultation on suicide prevention and post-vention services closes on 11th April.

Pre- consultation closes 11th April

The eight week pre-consultation on suicide prevention and post-vention services being undertaken by the Public Health Agency (PHA) will close on Sunday 11th April.

The PHA is encouraging people to complete the online survey before the consultation closes in order to capture the views about current services, which are under review, from service users, local communities and other organisations delivering services.

The online survey is part of an eight week pre-consultation process which opened in February 15th  and also included online engagement events within each Health and Social Care Trust area.

To complete the online survey visit

The pre-consultation findings will inform a fuller public consultation on proposed future services.

Fiona Teague Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing lead at the PHA, said: “The PHA has already engaged with multiple groups and individuals from all parts of Northern Ireland via online engagement events. The pre-consultation process is a way to start a two-way conversation to determine how the suicide prevention strategy known as Protect Life 2 and the actions which the PHA is responsible, should be designed and delivered. A fundamental part of this is listening to what communities, groups and individuals are saying about their needs, and how future services can be shaped to support these.”

Fiona added: “It is also vital that there is a clear understanding of the challenges that exist when reviewing or designing services for the community, taking into account financial resources available and the need to achieve value for public money.

“We have been really enthused with the level of engagement and suggestions to date and would encourage those who still have not completed the survey to do so as soon possible to help us help the individuals and communities who are in need of these services.”