MLA convenes meetings with PIPS, CCG and Public Health Agency

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Monday, April 30th, 2012
Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has facilitated two important meetings this week involving the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Newry’s community & voluntary sector. The first involved Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency and Seamus McCabe, Manager of the Newry branch of PIPS. Mr Brady outlined the importance of the meeting saying, “This was a major opportunity for Dr Rooney to become more acquainted with the vital work which PIPS does to combat suicide in the Newry area. It also provided an opportunity to discuss possible future funding for the services provided by PIPS. Rates of suicide, particularly in young males, are ever increasing, as we are made all too aware of by the case of three young friends who died by suicide recently in our own community. The Public Health Agency can play such a vital role in providing support to PIPS to enable the group to promote awareness and prevention strategies.” Following this meeting Dr Rooney took the opportunity to meet with senior staff from the Confederation of Community Groups (CCG). Commenting on this meeting Mr Brady said, “The CCG in Newry is ideally placed as a vehicle to promote the message of Public Health. This vital link between the PHA and the CCG will ensure that important messages concerning public health initiatives are relayed to our communities” “Both the CCG and PIPS are playing fundamental roles within our community and I commend their ongoing work,” he added.
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