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Delivery of a Suicide Prevention Strategy is Key - Adams

29 March, 2006


Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams commenting on an expected announcement
tomorrow by the Health Minister Sean Woodward on the issue of suicide said:

"Any announcement on the issue of suicide by the Health Minister will be
judged on how effectively it delivers on a effective regional suicide
strategy, within an all-Ireland context, a 'crisis response team' for north
and west Belfast, and additional resources for families, communities and
professionals working to prevent suicide, particularly among our young
people.

"There is a lot of anger within the community at the failure of the Health
system so far to tackle the issue of suicide prevention in a coherent and
holistic fashion.

"Since last summer Sinn Féin, the families and support organisations have
held a series of meetings with the Health Minister. He knows what is
required. He knows that this must be a priority health issue. He must
deliver tomorrow." ENDS



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