The MLA for Strangford spoke in the Assembly today, supporting a motion calling for an integrated strategy to assist the community and voluntary sectors in preventing suicide.
The motion endorses the recommendations contained in the Protect Life Strategy.
Kieran McCarty MLA said: “Suicide impacts upon many families across Northern Ireland and World Suicide Prevention Day reminds us what a major public health issue it is.
“News today that people in deprived areas are three times more likely to take their lives demonstrates the need for continued resources to tackle suicide prevention.
“The community and voluntary sectors are working hard to address the issue of suicide, but it is critical that an integrated strategy is created to ensure everything possible is done to address this devastating issue.
“This morning people across Belfast took place in a special event, walking from the darkness of the early morning into the dawn. Hopefully we all will be able to leave the darkness behind and move into a bright new dawn where suicide will be a thing of the past.”