08/01/2020

Green Party Issues Message Of Support For Those Struggling

Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland's Green Party Mal O'Hara has spoken out after a number of people lost their lives to suicide in recent times.

Mal O'Hara, who sits on the board of a local suicide prevention charity, has highlighted the support available for anyone who may be struggling.

The Castle Councillor said: "If you are worried about someone or if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression or grief from a bereavement there is support out there.

"It is within our gift to be thoughtful towards each other and provide a message of hope to anyone who is struggling. There are great organisations doing all they can to support those who are struggling.

"Clearly government at all levels must do more to create emotionally resilient communities with positive mental health and fewer people at risk of suicide."

Below is a list of useful resources to contact if you or someone you know is in crisis:

• Lifeline, 0808 808 8000 (24/7 phone support)

• Samaritans, 116 123 (24/7 phone support)

• HSC services, 028 9074 4447 (North & West Belfast), 028 9079 6220 (South & East Belfast)

• PIPS, 028 9080 5850 or freephone 0800 088 6042 (no appointment service for anyone in crisis)

• LightHouse, 028 9075 5070 (accessible support services for those directly affected)



(JG/CM)

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