Northern Ireland has witnessed significant increases in suicide rates in recent years with almost double the number of deaths recorded as suicide since the late 1990’s.

Background

In response to the increasing rate of suicide in Northern Ireland, the Protect Life strategy and action plan was launched in October 2006. It contains 62 actions covering a range of areas including:

  • communities
  • children and young people
  • professional training
  • media reporting
  • self harming
  • mental health services (For example; support following discharge)
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • bereaved families
  • awareness raising
  • coroner reporting

The total annual investment by DoH in the implementation of “Protect Life” has been £6.7m, of which £2.2m is invested to support communities in developing local suicide prevention initiatives.

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