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GP's encouraged to avail of depression awareness training-Anderson MLA

4 July, 2007



An Assembly question tabled by Ms Anderson revealed that nine local GPs have taken part in a depression awareness training programme as part of the North's Suicide Prevention Strategy.


Ms Anderson said,

"Research has shown that around 25 percent of all cases dealt with by GP's relate to mental health. It is important to note that family doctors play a fundamental role in suicide prevention. I welcome the fact that nine GP's have already undertaken this training and I hope that more follow suit," she commented.

"Of course, family doctors are extremely busy with huge workloads so the necessary support and resources need to be put in place to allow them to undertake this training because their role in preventing suicide cannot be underestimated. Very often, the family doctor will be one of the first ports of call for someone who is depressed or in distress and doctors need to be able to give them the necessary support without any delay."

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