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Record numbers of children call for help

By Michael McHugh

Published 08/09/2016

ChildLine service manager Mairead Monds
ChildLine service manager Mairead Monds

Children in Northern Ireland called the NSPCC's Childline helpline about suicide almost every day last year, hitting record levels. Girls were six times more likely to seek help for suicidal thoughts and feelings than boys, and those at most risk were aged between 12 and 15.

Childline service manager for Northern Ireland Mairead Monds said: "There are children and young people here that are experiencing significant mental health problems, self-esteem issues, isolation and feelings of worthlessness."

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