Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

PIPS meets Minister

Members of suicide prevention charity PIPS met with the Health Minister Edwin Poots at Stormont on this week at the invitation of North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds.

PIPS representatives Danielle O'Neill and Kate Ferrin met with the DUP representatives at Parliament Buildings, to highlight the on-going work of PIPS and to lobby for increased resourcing for mental health services.

Speaking following the meeting, Nigel Dodds MP said: "Mental health provision continues to be a high priority within our health service.

"It was very useful for the Minister and I to hear from representatives of PIPS of their daily work in providing support and assistance relating to mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention.

"Sadly this is an area of continuing high need, particularly in north Belfast which has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe. Every instance leaves a trail of devastation.

"The work of community-based groups such as PIPS is vital in providing support, raising awareness and facilitating community involvement at the point of need.

"The commitment and dedication of their members and volunteers is highly admirable. The meeting discussed the effectiveness of different forms of response and in particular emergency provision for those presenting themselves at hospital A-amp;E departments."

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