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Hundreds of people at a Stormont rally calling for better care for mental health patients

Hundreds of people at a Stormont rally calling for better care for mental health patients

Stephen Hamilton

Paul McConville, whose son Daniel died at Maghaberry Prison in 2018

Paul McConville, whose son Daniel died at Maghaberry Prison in 2018

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Hundreds of people at a Stormont rally calling for better care for mental health patients

Hundreds of people at a Stormont rally calling for better care for mental health patients

Stephen Hamilton

Hundreds of people at a Stormont rally calling for better care for mental health patients

Too many people in Northern Ireland have been left to suffer in silence, a rally has heard.

Campaigners gathered at Stormont on Saturday to demand better mental health services.

The protest was organised by Helena Palmer and Chloe Murphy, both 22. The activists said they were motivated to organise the 'Storm Stormont' rally by the high number of suicides in Northern Ireland.

People of all ages waved placards as they called on the new Executive to make mental health a priority and demanded more action from MLAs.

Miss Palmer said: "Everyone is sick of hearing about suicides and deaths and then nothing is done about it.

"We want our voices to be heard. There is an epidemic in Northern Ireland and there's so many people that suffer day after day and have to beg for help.

"People suffer in silence and are afraid to speak up because we all know there is such a stigma around mental health, and that's what we want to get rid of."

Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK, with figures showing five people take their own life every week.

Belfast Telegraph