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Concerns at increase in suicide figures in the North - McDonald

29 July, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin vice president and all Ireland spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Mary Lou McDonald TD has expressed her concern on the increase in recorded deaths by suicide in the North of Ireland.

“Last Monday I met with a number of groups and individuals in Belfast concerned with mental health and suicide prevention.  The shocking rise in recorded deaths by suicide outlined in figures released today underscores the concerns outlined to me by those who are working at the coalface on these issues. 

"Behind all these statistics are real people, and families who are still hurting and lives left shattered.  It is abundantly clear from talking with those community representatives that we face a crisis in death by suicide and self-harm in the north and this mirrors the situation right across Ireland.  Local people know what’s going on and we should listen to them.

"I will continue to engage with the Minister for Health, with mental health and suicide prevention groups and statutory stakeholders on these issues to develop a comprehensive and inclusive all-Ireland strategy on mental health and suicide prevention.”

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