1,947 homeless present at A&E with self-harm or suicidal ideation

Almost 2,000 people experiencing homelessness presented at A&E departments across the north as a result of self-harm or suicidal ideation over the past five years, it's emerged.

Health Minister Robin Swann released the figures in response to an Assembly Question table by Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H. Durkan.

In total 1,947 presented at local emergency departments as a result of self-harm (1,023) and suicidal ideation (924) between 2015/16 and 2019/20.

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