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Public information evening to raise awareness of mental health and suicide

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A public information evening will be held later this month to help raise awareness of mental health and suicide throughout the borough.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, councillor Paul Duffy, is hosting the public event to coincide with ‘World Suicide Prevention Day 2018’ – next Monday, September 10.

The event will bring together a variety of agencies and organisations working in this sensitive and difficult field to extend a helping hand to those who may need information and assistance for themselves, a family member or friend.

Representatives from Action Mental Health, PIPS Upper Bann, Niamh Louise Foundation, MindWise, PCSP and the PSNI will be on hand to offer professional advice and guidance, giving members of the public the opportunity to hear more about their work within the local community.

Councillor Paul Duffy, said: “Throughout our lives, at some stage or another, we are all affected by the issues surrounding mental health.

“Whether it’s our own feelings or those of a close relative or friend, it’s vitally important to recognise the signs and symptoms, to seek advice and talk things through with someone who is listening.”

He added: “I would encourage anyone who feels they might need help, advice or someone to talk to, to please come along or if you know of a family member or friend who might benefit from attending to please encourage them to attend.”

The event is free and will take place on Monday, September 10 at 7pm in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

If you intend to come along, please contact the Lord Mayor’s Office on 028 3752 9633.

In addition, Armagh Palace and Gaol, Banbridge Town Hall and Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre building will all light up yellow on Monday in support of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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