Much more needs to be done to tackle suicide - Gildernew
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle Gildernew has expressed deep concern that the number of suicides last year in the North is the highest on record.
Ms Gildernew stated,
“Last year 313 people took their own life which is a record for the North.I am extremely concerned that many of those who died were young people who came for social disadvantaged areas.
“This year has also seen the highest number of maternal suicides with five womentaking their own lives which is an extremelyworrying development and shows that more needs to be done to support new mothers.
“Areas of North and West Belfast have nearly twice the death rate through suicide as the rest of the North and young males are particularly at risk.
“Suicides last year accounted for now nearly six times the amount of people who died on our roads and whilethere has been a continuous campaign to bring the number of road deaths down and rightly so there has not been the same determination to that of suicide.
“Mental health is as important as physical health so it is important that we target this area and the reasons that cause people to give up hope and take their own lives.
“We need to look at ways of combating this in a way that encompasses all agencies working together rather than a piecemeal approach currently taken.
“I intend to raise this issue through the health committee so that resources can be directed to those areas of need in combating this problem.”