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Our mental health crisis is in need of more than words

Editor's Viewpoint

It is worrying to discover that the rate of mental illness in Northern Ireland is 25% higher than in other parts of the UK, according to the charity Aware.

The exact reasons for this are complex, but the long decades of the Troubles and their legacy may well play a significant part.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to help more people suffering from depression, and to reduce the number of suicides.

It is important that Mrs May takes into account the high figures here, and that her backing will lead to action, and not become just more empty words on an important subject which brings distress and suffering to so many people.

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