Flynn hosts Suicide All Party Group in North Belfast
Speaking after hosting a meeting of the Assembly All-Party Group on Suicide Prevention at the McSweeny centre in North Belfast, Órlaithí Flynn MLA said:
“As chair of the All Party Group on Suicide Prevention I felt it was important for the group to get out and into the communities we work with everyday.
“The impact of suicide is felt not only by the immediate family and friends of the victim but their whole community.
“Therefore, I welcome the opportunity to talk to people and organisations who work to prevent suicide and who deal with its impact in the community including local people, Queen’s University, the Regional Trauma Network and local health trusts.
“We heard directly from the North Belfast Appreciative Inquiry which is exploring the highest areas of health inequalities, rates of suicide and poor health and wellbeing in North Belfast.
“More needs to be done to provide services and interventions to ensure suicide rates decline.
“It’s time to end the stigma and silence surrounding mental health and suicide. We must ensure those in need have access to appropriate services to achieve better health outcomes.”