Sinn Fein: Councillor points to link between deprivation and suicide

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Sinn Féin councillor Rory Donaghy said people from deprived communities are three times more likely to die by suicide than those better off.

And he said that targeted programmes and interventions aimed at those who are most disadvantaged and in most need are central to tackling the problem.

Mr. Donaghy said:

“A person from a deprived community is three times more likely to die through suicide, than those living in a less deprived area. The Limavady area has seen far too many suicides in recent years.

“We need to do more to tackle the underlying causes, which lead people to suicide.

“Evidence shows that unemployment, poverty and poor educational and health outcomes effect people’s mental health and emotional well being.

“They can lead to problems including alcohol and drug dependency, lack of confidence and low self esteem, which can make people feel isolated and vulnerable.

“Targeted programmes and interventions aimed at those who are most disadvantaged and in most need are crucial.

“Challenging inequalities, tackling deprivation and promoting positive mental health and emotional well being are key factors in suicide prevention.”