Almost 1,000 self-harm cases at Antrim A&E

Help is available for those suffering with mental health conditions
Help is available for those suffering with mental health conditions

There have been almost 1,000 cases of self-harm presented at Antrim Emergency Department in the last 12 months.

According to the latest figures released by the Public Health Agency (PHA), there were 944 presentations at Antrim Hospital in 2012/2013.

There were also 471 cases of self-harm presented at Causeway Hospital in the same time frame.

Overall in the Northern Trust, the age range with the highest number of presentations at Emergency Departments was between 20-24.

The gender ratio was similar with 717 males and 698 females presenting at A&E departments in the Northern Trust with signs of self-harm.

In Northern Ireland, 5,970 people presented to Emergency Departments as a result of self-harm between April 2012 and March 2013.

On a broader scale across the country, the Belfast Trust accounted for almost 29% of presentations, South Eastern Trust with 20%, Western Trust 18%, and Northern and Southern Trusts with 17% each.

Local suicide awareness and prevention charity the Niamh Louise Foundation, who operate an outreach centre in Cookstown are encouraging people to reach out and ask for help.

A spokesperson for the Foundation told the MAIL: “We would like to reassure people that there are services out there - community, voluntary, and statutory - which exist to help people in despair or who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm.

“We can offer a safe place and a listening ear to all those who are vulnerable, and encourage positive coping through our youth group, complementary therapies, mentoring and befriending, and one to one work.”