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Adams Unveils Mural on Suicide Prevention

23 September, 2007

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams today, Sunday September 23, unveiled a mural in Albert Street, in the Lower Falls, on the issue of Suicide Prevention. The mural is the work of the Falls Youth Providers and local people and provides information on help lines available for those at risk.

Relatives bereaved as a result of suicide were also present.

Tomorrow Sinn Féin will be hosting a conference on Suicide Prevention in the Long Gallery Stormont. Among the speakers will be Dan Neville TD President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Michael McGimpsey, Health Minister and Caitriona Ruane Minister of Education.

Relatives and groups working on this issue will also be attending and speaking. The conference will run from 11.30 am till 1pm.

Speaking today after the unveiling Gerry Adams said:

"I want to commend all of those - the Falls Youth Providers, the Falls Youth Project, the artists and young people - who were responsible for this mural. Information is crucial in helping those who are at risk.

"The number of reported suicides in Ireland have risen by more than 25% in the last ten years. North and west Belfast have been particularly affected. Tomorrow's conference and the decision last week by the Health Committee of the Assembly to investigate this issue will provide opportunities for widespread discussion on this vital matter."

Note to Editor:

The title of the mural is 'There is light at the end of the tunnel'. The Falls Youth Providers consulted with young people about what type of mural they would like and they came up with a suicide awareness mural. The mural is dedicated to all the young people in the falls area, to give them vital phone numbers of essential services.

The numbers have been broke into two categories which are day time numbers and night time numbers. Local young people participated in both the design and the painting of the mural. This gives the young people of the area ownership of the mural and we have a two message boards at each side of the mural which will allow residents to write a message on the board on the day of the launch. The Falls Youth providers will also be delivering a small card with both the day and night time essential service phone numbers to all the houses in the Falls area.

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