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Mental health rally: Dozens take to streets of Belfast for suicide awareness march

Dozens of people have taken to the streets of Belfast to help raise awareness of the issue of suicide and help support prevention.

The March for Life rally took place in Belfast city centre on Saturday.

It's the first time such an event has been held in Northern Ireland and comes just one month after Belfast woman Patricia Ferrin lost a third son to suicide in six years.

The mother-of-five recently told the Belfast Telegraph how she felt broken by grief in the aftermath of 31-year-old son Stephen's death.

Campaigners have voiced growing concern over figures which show 318 local people took their own lives in 2015 - the highest total since records began in 1970.

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