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Government must make real commitment on World Suicide Prevention Day – Ó Caoláin

9 September, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

In a statement on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day which falls on Friday, 10 September, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“The Government should mark World Suicide Prevention Day not in any token manner but by making a real commitment not to impose service cuts which will adversely affect those at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

“There is evidence that the hardship caused by the recession has led to an increase in the already high rate of suicide in Irish society, especially among young men. This is also the sector of our society worst affected by unemployment.

“In pursuing a fundamentally flawed economic policy the Government has imposed cuts in health and social services, including mental health services. This adversely affects those at risk of suicide and thwarts the implementation of an effective suicide prevention strategy. The Government should make a commitment not to impose further such cuts in the forthcoming Budget and to reverse the cuts already imposed.” ENDS

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