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Cost-of-living crisis ‘is driving people to the edge of suicide’, expert warns

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Hundreds turned out at Stormont yesterday to demand action on the cost-of-living crisis. Picture by Kevin Cooper/PA

Hundreds turned out at Stormont yesterday to demand action on the cost-of-living crisis. Picture by Kevin Cooper/PA

Hundreds turned out at Stormont yesterday to demand action on the cost-of-living crisis. Picture by Kevin Cooper/PA

A leading academic has warned that the cost-of-living crisis in Northern Ireland is driving people to the brink of suicide, with fears that 25,000 more households could face poverty this winter.

Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick from Ulster University has said the issue is “exacerbating our long-running mental health crisis” and hit out at the region’s non-functioning Executive.


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