The Psychiatric Nurses Association in Kerry say that local initiatives by the HSE in relation to suicide prevention have been sadly lacking in the county.
The recently published National office for Suicide Prevention Report for 2015, shows suicide rates for Kerry between 2013 and 2015 at 11.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
While this represents a decrease over previous years, the suicide rates for Kerry remain above the national average of 10.1 deaths per 100,000.
The PNA say a national initiative called Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) has yet to be in put in place in Kerry by the HSE.
24/7 Crisis Intervention Services is another area where progress, according to the PNA, has been painstakingly slow by the HSE.