The Armagh Sinn Féin Republican Youth committee are the latest area to take part in the ’Mind your Mate’ training program.
Ógra Shinn Féin, now Sinn Féin Republican Youth, have been extremely proactive on the issue of suicide prevention over the past number of years, organising public meetings, vigils, leaflet drops, meeting with ministers responsible for funding and also attempting to empower people to work on suicide prevention by hosting ASIST and similar programme's in different venues across Ireland
Speaking on the issue, Sinn Féin activists Blaine McCartney said;
“It is important to remember 527 people in took their own lives in Ireland last year. The Mind your Mate training programme is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 24. It gives young people the skills to look out for each other and to look after their own mental health. It’s important that we always remember the hundreds of people affected by this every day. It’s time to raise awareness and loose the stigma attached to depression and other mental illnesses!
Sinn Féin Republican Youth in Armagh and throughout Ireland will continue to play our part in addressing this issue, as suicide does not simply affect a certain portion of our society. It is not a problem for a particularly demographic, but a problem for all.”