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Urgent Action needed to tackle rising Suicide deaths - Adams

20 October, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin west Belfast MP Gerry Adams MLA has this morning called for urgent action from the Department of Health following what appears to be the third suicide in west Belfast in recent days.

Mr. Adams said:

“Since the start of this year 21 people have died as a result of suicide in west Belfast. This is a crisis and it needs to be given the priority necessary.

North and west Belfast have some of the highest rates of suicide on the island of Ireland.

Some very good work has been done in recent years, particularly by bereaved families and communities but it can’t all be left to them.

The Health Service has to do more.

It is clear that the resources and mechanisms that have been put in place in recent years are insufficient for dealing with this very serious issue.

There is a pressing need for a review into service provision within west Belfast.

Service provision must be enhanced and additional measures have to be identified and put in place to target those at greatest risk.

My colleague Jennifer McCann has asked for an urgent meeting with the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey. This must be a priority for the Minister.

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