Cllr Brian Smyth

Suicide Prevention strategy will be judged over time, today the message is that help is at hand

September 10 September 2019

Green Party NI Cllr Brian Smyth has acknowledged World Suicide Prevention Day by urging people to seek support if they are struggling today or any moment in the future.

Brian said: “Communities across Belfast as facing a suicide epidemic – we know that more people die by suicide across Northern Ireland than are killed in road traffic accidents.

“We also know that working class areas are disproportionately affected by suicide. Men in their late teens to mid-50s are the most at-risk group in society and the risks increase further for men who are single, unemployed, and living in socio-economic disadvantage.

“That’s why government cannot deal with suicide as a single or simple issue. The impact of austerity, the legacy of the conflict and drug and alcohol abuse have decimated communities and created difficult situations for many people.

“I’m glad to see the Towards Zero Suicide Prevention strategy launched today but its comes too late for many people and as cold comfort for families suffering bereavement.

“Time will tell whether the Strategy will make a difference. For now, my message is that help is always at hand. If you need help today please call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.”

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