Call for suicide helpline phones on Foyle Bridge

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 13:30 -- Editor

The Western Trust and the Roads Service have been asked to combine efforts to create an emergency intervention and support mechanism for those in despair on the Craigavon Bridge.

SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has written to the agencies, and included a suggestion that one option might be a direct phone helpline to support services, available on the Bridge.

Mr Ramsey said: “We have been all too aware in recent times the number of attempts at suicide from the Craigavon Bridge and the devastation that is wrought on families and communities when an individual does commit suicide by jumping from the bridge.

 In light of this, and to complement the excellent on-water services we are lucky to have in the form of Foyle Search and Rescue, I have asked the Trust and Roads Service this morning to investigate how we might put in place emergency support on the bridge itself for those who may be contemplating suicide.  This could come in the form of a direct phone line to a support service.

We must be doing everything we possibly can to support individuals who may be feeling suicidal and I hope that this initiative will bear fruit for those who may be in need."

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