The President says he believes stigma is keeping people feeling suicidal from seeking help.
Michael D Higgins is urging anyone in distress to speak out, saying everyone has a role to play in addressing the issue.
Meanwhile prevention and bereavement charity Console is calling for more training, targets and commitments to reduce suicide rates.
Our News Correspondent Fergal O'Brien reports:
President Higgins addressing delegates at the Console conference in Croke Park in Dublin:
Console helpline details: