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Buildings around Ireland will be turning orange today... here's why

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and monuments around the country will be turning orange to mark it.

Trinity College in Dublin being illuminated by a light display at the end of last year
Trinity College in Dublin being illuminated by a light display at the end of last year
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

TONIGHT MONUMENTS AROUND the country will be turning orange to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

Grafton Street, Trinity College, Croke Park, Cork City Hall, Kilkenny Castle and Belfast City Hall will be lighting up as part of the campaign. 

Members of the public have also been encouraged to illuminate orange bulbs in their own homes to support the campaign that has been organised by Cycle Against Suicide.

light up against suicide Source: International Year of Light

Accompanying this, the HSE is encouraging people to take up the support role that could help to prevent suicide.

It advises the public that steps that they can take include, “asking [someone] whether they are OK, listening to what they have to saw in a non-judgemental way, and letting them know you care, can all have a significant impact.”

Speaking about the HSE’s ‘Connecting for Life’ campaign, its national director of mental health Anne O’Connor, said that its aim was, “to improve the nation’s understanding of suicidal hebaviour, mental health and well-being.”

More information about the HSE’s suicide prevention strategy can be found here. 

Ireland has the 11th lowest rate of death by suicide in the EU, with 10.9 per 100,000. The lowest rate is in Greece, which has 3.3 per 100,000.

Read: When it comes to seeking help for suicidal ideation – women call, men text

Also: “I knew something wasn’t right” – A taxi driver stopped a man jumping off a Kilkenny bridge this morning

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