‘Self-harm stigmas must be challenged’ - Flynn
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on mental health and suicide prevention Órlaithí Flynn MLA has highlighted the importance of continuing to challenge stigmas and speaking out about self-harm.
Marking Self-Harm Awareness Day, the West Belfast MLA said: “It is important we are not afraid to talk about all aspects of mental health. On Self-Harm Awareness Day, we must challenge the stigma and continue to offer support.
“There are many reasons for why someone might self-harm. It may be because they are in emotional crisis, they may be seeking help or it could be a sign that they wish to end their own lives. We must take it seriously.
“As chair of the All-Party Group on Suicide Prevention in the Assembly, I have seen and heard stories of those getting support and help to deal with self-harm issues. This includes not only the person who has self-harmed but also their families and carers.
“The message I want to get out today is that there is help and support out there. There are great organisations and people in the community who can and do help.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Services can be accessed at:
Belfast Trust area – 028 90200396
Northern and Western Trust areas – 028 71266999
South Eastern and Southern Trust areas – 028 87723321