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Views sought on Suicide Prevention

17 October 2016

Local residents of Mid Ulster will be given an opportunity to shape the future strategy for suicide prevention at a community engagement session on Thursday 27th October at 10.30am in Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon. 

Organised by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with VSB Foundation and Closing the Gap, the session will seek views from the public on the draft strategy and action plan, ‘Protect Life 2 – A Strategy for Suicide Prevention’, put forward by the Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill MLA, to tackle the issue of suicide in the region.

There are many people from all types of backgrounds who have been directly affected by suicide. In Northern Ireland, an average of 274 people die by suicide each year with many more affected by suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. This strategy aims to gain a better understanding of suicidal behaviour; improve the identification of and response to suicidal behaviour; prevent suicide by people in crisis; support recovery from suicidal behaviour and repeat self-harming; and support those bereaved by suicide.

Encouraging people to attend, Councillor Trevor Wilson Chair of Mid Ulster District Council said “This consultation session is open to everyone in the local community to ensure the response is relevant for the needs of our entire population. And to help feed back an all-inclusive response I would particularly encourage people who are not already involved in suicide prevention initiatives or services to participate.”

To book your place contact Ciara Burke on 028 8772 0366 or e-mail Ciara.burke@midulstercouncil.org

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