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About Protect Life – the NI Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Protect Life Co-ordinator works in partnership across agencies to co-ordinate suicide prevention initiatives and community response to suicide in the southern area.  Funded through the Public Health Agency, they have a role in monitoring and surveillance of suicide incidents in the southern area, and making initial contact with families bereaved through suicide and co-ordinating follow-on support.

Gemma Maher is the Protect Life Co-ordinator for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area and is based within the Promoting Wellbeing Division. Tel: 028 37564461.











Online platform launched to support communities after a sudden death

A new online platform has been launched to help support communities following a sudden death that is a suspected suicide.  

Comkit is supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and has been developed with Urban Scale Interventions (USI) in partnership with Families’ Voices Forum as well as community and voluntary groups who are members of local Protect Life Implementation Groups (PLIGS) from five health and social care trusts.

It can be accessed at