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Adams to propose Suicide Awareness and Prevention motion in Assembly

16 September, 2007


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA will propose a motion on suicide awareness and prevention in the Assembly tomorrow, Monday September 16th.

The motion will be heard the week before Sinn Féin holds a special conference on Suicide Awareness and Prevention in the Long Gallery, Stormont on September 24th.

The conference will be attended by relatives bereaved as a result of suicide, as well as health professionals, politicians, and government Ministers involved in trying to tackle this serious problem.

Mr. Adams said:

"The global death toll resulting from suicide exceeds war and homicide according to a recent scientific journal. (New Scientist, 8th September 2004). The World Health Organisation estimates that nearly one million people a year take their own lives.

"Families the length and breadth of Ireland know only too well the devastating impact of suicide.

"There were 577 reported deaths by suicide across this island in the year 2003 to 2004. That death toll is greater than the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the same period. Over the last ten years, reported suicides in Ireland have risen by more than 25%. North and west Belfast have been particularly affected.

"Tomorrow's motion and debate will provide an opportunity for the Assembly to discuss this vital matter and to take steps which can help reduce suicide. The conference next week in Stormont will hear from those charged with developing and implementing suicide awareness and prevention strategies, and with providing the resources for dealing with this issue." ENDS

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