Flynn encourages everyone to 'Take a minute, change a life'
Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has called on everyone to reach out to friends and family and encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.
Speaking ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day (Sunday 10th September) the party’s spokesperson on Suicide Prevention said:
“More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world, with up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt.
“In Ireland and Britain more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year, an average of 18 a day.
“Behind all these statistics are real people, and families who are still hurting and lives left shattered.
“The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Take a minute, change a life.’
“I would encourage everyone to reach out to friends and family and encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.
“This simple task can have a huge impact on someone who is struggling.
“Sinn Féin will continue to give support to people on this issue and campaign for the appropriate supports and interventions.
“Suicide and mental health challenges know no boundaries of class or political allegiance.
“We support the call for a safe place for people to go to in crisis and respect the valuable work undertaken on suicide prevention and better mental health support.
"We all have a role to play in challenging and breaking the stigma associated with suicide and mental health challenges.”