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Suicide risk to young remains alarmingly high - Adams

12 November, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP for West Belfast said that the risk of suicide to young people remains alarmingly high.

Mr Adams said:

"We know that whilst the number of people who take their own lives is high, many more people attempt suicide. This is underscored by the alarming statistics from the Department of Health which have been revealed today."

"It is essential that those providing care in hospitals, GP practices and in the community are fully trained and resourced to help those at risk of suicide. That was recommended by the regional suicide prevention strategy. I hope that the inquiry now underway by the Health Committee into the issue of suicide will reveal more about the direction being given by the Department in this regard."

He continued,

"It is imperative that lessons are learned and strategic and policy changes are made to avert another tragedy like young Danny McCartan, from Belfast, who took his own life after being passed from pillar to post."

"In the meantime, I will be writing to the Minister for Health to seek more information about measures in place to help those at risk of suicide, especially in those areas which are worst affected such as west and north Belfast." ENDS

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