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‘Self-harm stigmas must be challenged’ - Flynn

1 March, 2019 - by Órlaithí 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.”

ENDS/CRIOCH

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Services can be accessed at:

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