Ruane welcomes PIPS ‘Suicide Safer Communities’ presentation

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
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Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has welcomed the presentation by PIPS Suicide Safer Communities to the Rostrevor & District Community Association.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “Suicide is a major issue affecting every community and in recent years there has been a rise in the number of young people who have taken their own lives. It is important that communities realise how to attempt to identify and address the issues around suicide and work out anti-suicide strategies that will deliver help to those who are contemplating taking their own lives.”

She continued, “Maintaining sound mental health is as important as maintaining good physical health so it is important that we promote positive mental well-being and remove the stigma associated with mental health illnesses. PIPS is a charity set up by families bereaved through suicide so they can relate at first hand their experiences to other communities. I would thank the Rostrevor & District Community Association for inviting PIPS and St Bronagh’s GAA Club for hosting the event.”

“I would also urge anyone who is feeling down or suicidal to seek help as every problem can be resolved and help is at hand through various agencies to give the required help and support,” Ruane added.

PIPS can be contacted on the emergency Lifeline Number at 0808 808 8000 or through the office at 02890755070 or through e-mail at info@pipsprogrammes.com while the Samaritans can be contacted at 08457 909090 or by e-mail at jo@samaritans.org


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