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10 January 2001

‘INCREASING’ NORTHERN IRELAND SUICIDE RATE DEBATED AT CPHVA CONFERENCE

The reasons why the island of Ireland has one of the fastest rising rates of suicide for those aged 18-to-24 in the world will be explored by a conference being held by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association in Northern Ireland.

The CPHVA’s conference entitled Community Nurses – Northern Ireland’s invisible army will be held at the Dunadry Hotel and County Club, Antrim on Friday, 26 January.

One of the workshops will be devoted to Suicide prevention – a regional agenda by Barry McGale, Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator, Health Promotions Department, Western Health and Social Services Board.

The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Breige Coyle said: "Northern Ireland has seen a dramatic increase in suicide-related deaths over the past two decades, particularly in young men. The rate has risen by 85% in men aged 15 to 24 years since 1982. The evidence indicates that if someone with suicidal intent is given counselling and support the risk of suicide can be reduced."

Other speakers will include: Prof. Monica McWilliams, MLA (Women’s Coalition) who will outline the future policy on primary care in Northern Ireland and Dr Carolyn Mason, Nursing Officer - Public Health, Department of Health and Public Safety.

* Anyone wishing to attend should contact the CPHVA’s Conference Organiser, . Tel: 020 7939 7052

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

THE MEDIA ARE WARMLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE COMMUNITY NURSES – NORTHERN IRELAND’S INVISIBLE ARMY CONFERENCE.

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble, Press Officer - 020 7939 7043 or mobile 07768 69 39 40

Breige Coyle, CPHVA’s Northern Ireland Professional Officer - mobile 0773 312 4208

Barry McGale - 02871 865 127


CPHVA press releases can be seen on the CPHVA web site: http//www.msfcphva.org

The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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