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10 January 2001


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


Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union