Samaritans chief warns suicide strategy in limbo due to suspension of Stormont

With suicide rates again rising and what SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan last week termed a suicide 'epidemic' in the north west, Samaritans boss Robert Bell tells Noel McAdam about his frustration over the effects of Stormont's suspension and the increasing difficulty of attracting helpline volunteers

Figures from the Public Health Agency show the north's suicide rate has risen, with 305 people having taken their own lives in 2017
A REFRESHED Stormont strategy for tackling suicide is in limbo because of the collapse of devolution, according to the head of the Samaritans in Belfast. Protect Life 2 has effectively been gatheri[...]

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