Advocacy

PIPS Newry & Mourne serves the whole area of Newry & Mourne. The community is both urban & rural with an approximate population of 87,100

People in Rural areas experience considerable difficulties and hardship including reduced access to support services low employment in agriculture isolation & financial difficulties PIPS have been instrumental in highlighting the need to address the problems of suicide and self-harm IN BOTH Rural & Urban communities in a more strategic way. Having been involved in the development of the Protect Life Suicide Prevention Strategy (launched in October 2006) PIPS Newry & Mounre works towards achieving its goal.

PIPS Newry & Mourne will continue to campaign for the rights of the family to access help and support and to make sure that everything possible is done to reduce the high number of suicides. To highlight the issue of suicide, provide information and awareness to the wider community.  

Additional information

Suicide Statistics for the Northern Ireland, population approximately 1.7 million
In 2009, 260 deaths were registered as suicides, with 205 being male and 55 being female (source: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency).
During the period 1999 to 2009, a total of 2,258 deaths were registered as suicide (source: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency).
The number of male suicides has increased steadily over recent years (during the late 1990’s and the early 2000’s). The female suicide rate has remained relatively constant over the same period.
Protect Life: A Shared Vision is the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy & Action Plan (2006 – 2011).

Between the years 1999 - 2003:
More males died as a result of suicide than in transport accidents
More males died through suicide than as a result of either accidental falls or poisoning
More females died as a result of suicide than in transport accidents but fewer died as a result of suicide than from other external causes and accidental falls
Incidents of suicide were most common in those aged between 25 to 34 years