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Health Minister must remove funding threat to suicide groups – Adams

13 January, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has condemned the implicit threat by the Minister of Health to the funding for suicide prevention groups.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

“These groups save lives. Any cut to their funding will lead to an increase in suicides.
Any threat to their funding must be deplored.

“At a meeting late last year I and my colleague Jennifer McCann stressed the need for resources to be extended to these groups in areas like north and west Belfast.

“In 2010 over 21 people had died as a result of suicide in West Belfast alone. This issue needs to be given priority by Micheal McGimpsey.

“Suicide prevention groups, who are primarily made up of bereaved families, play a central role in working with those who are at risk while also filling a gap that is left by Health Agencies. They also working closely with other families of those who have died through suicide.

“To remove the funding for these groups is a grave error and it must not happen. The Minister must remove this threat that is now hanging over these groups by providing clarity and committing his department to continue the funding of these very important organisations.”

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