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Suicide rates here have risen by 30% in four years, figures show

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Northern Ireland has the lowest levels of mental health spend in the UK and Ireland (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Northern Ireland has the lowest levels of mental health spend in the UK and Ireland (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Northern Ireland has the lowest levels of mental health spend in the UK and Ireland (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

The number of lives lost to suicide in Northern Ireland increased by more than 30% in the last four years, alarming new figures have revealed.

In 2020, 198 people took their own lives, according to official statistics. This is up from 149 in 2016. Provisional figures for January to March 2021 show that 71 died by suicide over this period.


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