Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Report reveals high traveller suicide rates in West Dublin

The reasons for the high rate of suicide amongst the travelling community in West Dublin will be revealed in a report out today.

In the past year and a half, 35 travellers living in and around Tallaght have died through suicide.

The researchers said there were "extraordinarily high rates of suicide" amongst the group with travellers knowing four or five people who had taken their own lives.

Men and women in their mid-twenties were found to have the highest rates of suicide of all of those in the travelling community.

The report cites family break-ups, alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence as possible reasons for the high suicide rates.

It recommends specialised suicide prevention services for the group.

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