Concern over Covid related self-harming in NI

 With the pressures of the Covid-19 lockdown, job losses and the economic downturn all said to be having a negative impact, Lady Mary Peters has also backed an initiative to raise awareness.

With Thursday designated World Suicide Prevention Day, the psychiatrists' body and other stakeholders will be meeting Norther Ireland's new interim mental health champion, Professor Siobhan O'Neill to launch the 'Connect' campaign.

An increase in domestic violence and addiction problems are also said to be adding to the risk of more people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Dr Gerry Lynch of RCPsych in NI, said: "History has taught us that economic and social upheaval, including changes to everyday life, can lead to an increase in self-harm.

"The pandemic has caused many problems. Financial stressors, job losses, bereavement, isolation, a rise in domestic violence and addictions all contribute to suicidal thoughts.

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