'United response to suicide needed’- Flynn
Communities and statutory agencies must work together to combat suicide, Sinn Féin’s mental health spokesperson Órlaithí Flynn MLA has said.Addressing Contact’s annual suicide prevention conference in Belfast today, she also highlighted the success of united community and statutory responses following a spate of suicides in the Colin area.
Órlaithí Flynn commented: “The plan involved all agencies working together to ensure that as a result of one incident that we didn’t end up with a cluster of suicides.
“It involved counselling services, children’s services, youth providers, women’s & men’s groups, schools, churches and any other group that had a role to play.
“It was a joint community and statutory response - that was one of the things that worked.
“Since then, I’m glad to report, suicide rates have fallen dramatically in the Colin Area and so far we have not experienced a repeat of that terrible period.
“It just shows that action can be taken and deaths can be avoided and that should encourage us as we move forward.”