Greater investment in community and acute mental health services is needed.

Call for better mental health care in Tipp

Tipperary has one of the highest rates of deaths by suicide in the country, according to the Chairperson of the Tipperary Branch of the Social Democrats, Brendan Guckian.

Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show that 98 people died by suicide in Tipperary between 2018 and 2021. That was the fourth highest by county, behind Dublin, Cork and Galway. It was also the second highest per head of population behind Cavan.

The Chairperson of the Tipperary Branch of the Social Democrats said: “These figures are a stark reminder of the mental health crisis in Tipperary and the urgent need for greater investment in community and acute mental health services.

“Currently Tipperary has a skeleton mental health service and patients in need of acute in-patient care are forced to travel to Ennis or Kilkenny to access psychiatric beds.”

Separately, a nationwide Department of Health survey published earlier this month found that 6% of respondents had attempted suicide at some point. That figure rose to 10% for those aged under 35.

Mr Guckian added: “Clearly suicide is a major issue in Ireland all year round but particularly at this time of year. The festive period can intensify mental health difficulties and overwhelm many. That is why it’s so important to remember that help is still available during this period.”

Available services

· Emergency services: 999/ 112

· Tipperary Mental Health Crisis Intervention Service: 086 830 6663 (4.30pm-3.30pm)

· Samaritans: 116 123 or email

· Free text service: Text YMH to 50808

· Full list of mental health services: