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Adams welcome for establishment of suicide task group

25 May, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has given a general welcome to the news that a Suicide Task Group is to be established for North and West Belfast.

Mr Adams said:

" The news that a special suicide task group is to be established to begin work in North and West Belfast is welcome and has come about after a sustained campaign by the local community, those bereaved through suicide and Sinn Féin.

" There still remains however an onus on the Department of Health to bridge the funding gap which continues to exist for mental health provision in North and West Belfast and ensure that a regional strategy for suicide prevention is put in place.

" Sinn Féin intend to meet with the Health Minister in the coming weeks to continue to press the Department to seriously address the issue of suicide and suicide prevention." ENDS

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