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Jennifer McCann submits Assembly petition from Poleglass suicide awareness project

18 June, 2012 - by Jennifer McCann

West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann this morning submitted a petition to the Assembly Speaker from the ‘Help Us, Help Ourselves’ suicide awareness project in Poleglass.
Speaking from Stormont Ms McCann said;
“I was very humbled to submit this petition from the young people involved with the ‘Help Us, Help Ourselves’ project in Poleglass. They gained over five thousand signatures in the area in support of the work that they do in highlighting suicide awareness and promoting positive mental health.
The issue of suicide and subsequent trauma is one that affects many people and communities right across Ireland; it is an issue that the Assembly has committed itself to help tackle and also to raise awareness as of the issue as well as stamping out the stigma often associated with issues of mental health and emotional wellbeing.
We cannot but take hope from the young people involved with this project in Poleglass who, despite being from an area that has suffered so much, have shown such positive leadership in standing up and being heard.” CRÍOCH

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