James wants to address the issue of suicide in Northern Ireland
Dr Alan Turtle, chairman of the Niamh Louise Foundation in Cookstown
Young people watch James' Fixers film
‘Why are almost as many people dying from suicide in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement as were killed during the entire Troubles?’
After hearing that twice as many people are dying from suicide in Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK, 21-year-old James Connolly wants to get people talking about what he considers to be the ignored toll of suicide in the province.
With Fixers, he has made a film which was broadcast on UTV Live on Sunday, September 11.
James, from Cookstown, says: ‘People are dying and we just stand here and keep quiet. It’s not right.
‘I want people to realise how many people have died from suicide and that something should be done and it should be talked about.
I know some people find it difficult to talk and open up, but there’s people out there who can help them.’