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Concerted action need to prevent suicide – Ó Caoláin

10 September, 2008

In a statement marking World Suicide Prevention Day, Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

"Recent times have seen a growing awareness in Ireland of the true extent and impact of deaths by suicide. This awareness needs to be matched by concerted action to prevent suicide.

"Sinn Féin has identified suicide as a distinct priority area requiring concerted cooperation between Government, the health service, the voluntary sector and communities to tackle this problem more effectively. We welcome and call for the full implementation of Reach Out, the Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention for 2005-2014 in the 26 Counties, and call for a similar framework for suicide prevention to be implemented in the 6 Counties as a matter of urgency. It is essential that adequate resources are put in place so that such strategies can be implemented at all levels.

"There should be a fully resourced, comprehensive All-Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy, including:

- Actions to promote mental health among the general population, delivered through schools, youth services, workplaces and the media.

- Mental health promotion actions targeting specific sections of the population, incorporating their diverse needs into tailored suicide prevention sub-strategies.

- Mental health promotion and suicide prevention actions targeting groups identified as higher risk for suicide

- Actions to assist individuals identified as at risk of suicide. - Actions to assist people who are bereaved through suicide." ENDS

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