Hyland pleased with suicide prevention and awareness proposal

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Councillor Davy Hyland

Independent republican councillor Davy Hyland has said he is pleased the council has supported his proposal to organise suicide awareness and prevention initiatives in local communities. The proposal was put before the council at last Monday night’s monthly meeting.

Speaking after the meeting Davy explained to Newry Times, “At the recent monthly meeting of Newry & Mourne district council, I raised the issue of the increasing levels of suicide in our communities. I highlighted the fact that this issue seems to be on the increase and has a terrible impact on families, friends and local communities. I called upon the council to organise suicide awareness and prevention initiatives in community centres and through local associations.”

Councillor Hyland added, “I also felt that the councillors themselves should be attending classes on this issue as they often have to visit homes of the bereaved and their loved ones. I’d also like to commend the PIPs group who are doing sterling work on this emotive issue.”

Seamus McCabe of PIPs was delighted with the new initiative. He said, “I would like to thank Councillor Davy Hyland for his words of support regarding the work that PIPS Newry & Mourne are providing to the Newry & Mourne Community. It is also very encouraging to see that people like Davy are aware of the need for community togetherness when it comes to this very major concern.”

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