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Executive should prioritise suicide prevention strategies – Sue Ramsey

15 April, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said suicide prevention has to be a priority right across the Executive.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Health Committee was speaking after putting forward a motion to the Assembly from the Health Committee calling on the Executive to prioritise suicide prevention strategies.

Sue Ramsey, who also had a meeting with the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness along with representatives of PIPs and the Niamh Louise Foundation this morning regarding suicide prevention said:

“The fact that suicide is one of the biggest killers in our community is clear with around 300 people taking their own lives each year, making it something that we urgently need to address.

“The overall suicide rate here has more than doubled in the past 30 years and we need a joined up approach and commitment across all government departments to tackle suicide.

“We need to promote good mental health within our schools to give our children the coping skills to deal with life’s problems and supporting those who need help in times of crisis.” CRÍOCH/END

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