WANGARI MAATHAI

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“There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other”. WANGARI MAATHAI 5/1/2021 "I dwell in possibility." Emily Dickinson
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Some facts about suicide:

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All talk of suicide must be taken seriously. Most people do n`t want to die; they just want to end the pain. We need to ask openly and directly about suicide if we are worried about someone. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide at some time or another. People who have made a previous attempt are at greater risk & need help and support. The period of greatest risk may be when the `decision` is made or when depression lifts. If you ,or someone you know  are having thoughts of suicide call Lifeline 0808 808 8000
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Asking the Suicide question

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By now most people accept that the only way to know for sure if a person is suicidal or not is to ask them clearly and directly. It is often helpful, for both people, if the questioner includes some context, some justification for asking. The questioner can include the things he/she has seen, heard, sensed, or learned about e.g. "Joe I` ve noticed you ve lost interest in your appearance, I ve heard you say there`s no point in anything, I ve sensed you`re struggling with even simple things and I know Louise says it`s over for good this time" With all this I`m wondering.... are you thinking about suicide?"
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The WELL Kilkeel

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is due to open its doors- .One of board members, Sarah Jane Campbell, has burning the midnight oil with An Ríocht colleagues to put the finishing touches to their new wellbeing hub know as The WELL.As a result of this work the WELL will operate as a satellite of Suicide Down to Zero in Mourne area and will receive the full support of our Board. The Well will open…..
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Systematic suicide prevention approach for school

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As a result of collaboration with Secondary Schools Union Northern Ireland and the findings of their survey we have developed a whole school approach to suicide prevention. This approach will involve providing suicide  awareness materials and training for teachers and other school staff for the 26 post primary schools in Newry Mourne and Down area.
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Local area second only to Belfast as highest areas for suicide deaths

Local area second only to Belfast as highest areas for suicide deaths

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The recent release of the Registrar Generals report reveals that once again Newry Mourne & Down area ranks second in Northern Ireland for suicide deaths in 2017. Across Northern Ireland 305 deaths were recorded up from 298 from 2016. There is a reported 100 suicides in Belfast and 28 in  Newry Mourne & Down. Analysis of the overall figures confirm the common gender pattern that three times as many males to females ended their lives by suicide (234M :71F). The impact of the loss of a loved one to suicide is known only to those who have suffered that loss. Due to the stigma and taboo attached to suicide one Author commented that families were left with a "Special Scar". Recent research indicates that up to 135 people are significantly…
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Drumaness GAC

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Thank you to all who bought tickets for the Drumaness GAC Grand Draw - all 426 of as £852 was raised!! Special thanks to Kevin McGuinness and all the Committee, Sara & colleagues at PPR and McGraths Mace Annacloy.
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LAUNCH OF SUICIDE DOWN TO ZERO BOOKLET

LAUNCH OF SUICIDE DOWN TO ZERO BOOKLET

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Art of Conversation Monday July 3 saw the launch a new booklet which marks the start of a new public information campaign aiming at reducing the stigma that surrounds suicide. The booklet was launched at the Saint Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick by the locally based Suicide Down to Zero group. Spokesman Pat McGreevy said “We in Suicide Down to Zero believe that: – most, if not all, suicides are preventable; everyone can make a contribution to saving lives from suicide and that the goal and ambition in Northern Ireland should be zero suicide deaths. Indeed if t we do not strive for zero suicide deaths what is the acceptable number of suicide deaths we should expect. An `acceptable level of suicide` approach prompts question as to who then will survive…
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