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Call for teacher suicide training


14/03/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: BBC News

The Ulster Teachers' Union is calling for more suicide awareness training for teachers.

The lack of such training is one of the issues up for discussion at the union's annual conference.

Spokeswoman Jacquie Reid said suicide is now the biggest cause of death among young people in Northern Ireland.

"These young people are in our classrooms, and we are missing something. We are not picking up the signs," she said.

"Early intervention is key and we must know what we are looking for in order to pass these concerns on to someone else."

Ms Reid said the north-west of Northern Ireland in particular had experienced a "remarkable increase in suicide rates".



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