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Suicide study “truly shocking” - Ó Caoláin

23 January, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin health and children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has commented on the new all-Ireland report showing that Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide among young people in Europe.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The figures for the level of suicide among young people in Ireland as highlighted in this new study are truly shocking. Over 230 suicides per year among teenagers and young men in Ireland give us one of the highest rates of suicide in Europe. And these are only the recorded figures; the true rate is likely to be higher.

“Suicide is taking a terrible toll on families and communities across Ireland and the report published today confirms that the increase in the suicide rate among young men coincides with the recession.

“This calls for a determined and co-ordinated response from Governments on both sides of the border. The long promised and long overdue development of mental health services in the 26 Counties must be delivered this year, money ring-fenced for that purpose last year having been re-allocated to fill gaps elsewhere in the HSE.

“Measures to tackle youth unemployment must be real and tangible and that means investment in genuine job creation rather than schemes designed to manipulate the dole figures.

“The Government’s austerity approach is fuelling educational disadvantage, poorer health outcomes, unemployment and emigration. Tragically it is also contributing to the increased levels of suicide among young people in Ireland.”

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