Hussey attends Armistice Day event Dublin 11/11/15
17 November 2015
The Protect Lifeline campaign raises urgent concerns that the Public Health Agency proposals will fragment and downgrade the Lifeline service.
10 November 2015
The service model proposed by the Public Health Agency in the current public consultation, will radically alter the Lifeline service ethos, design and practice. If allowed to proceed, the PHA proposals will fragment and downgrade the Lifeline service, placing vulnerable lives at risk.
Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s regional free-phone 24/7 suicide prevention crisis helpline and counselling service available for people of all ages. Lifeline is a unique crisis intervention service, benchmarked against leading international crisis lines since its inception in 2006.
Fergus Cumiskey Managing Director of Contact, the counselling charity which is the current provider of the Lifeline service said:
“Since the launch of the public consultation on the future shape of the Lifeline service by the Public Health Agency we have attended several public workshops, listening carefully to the public - including families bereaved by suicide, Lifeline service users, GPs, the community and voluntary sector and healthcare workers, many of whom support our concern for plans that point towards the fragmentation and downgrade of Lifeline.
“We encourage the public to engage with our campaign to Protect Lifeline by visitingwww.ProtectLifelineNI.org to find out more and contact their local political representatives through the campaign website. Already 4,000 letters have been sent from the campaign website to local political representatives across Northern Ireland.
It is also vital the public respond to the public consultation which ends on 19th November, as the proposed changes for Lifeline will dismantle an independent trusted service, which provides a bridge of hope at times of crisis and support to the right service at the right time when people are at their most vulnerable.”
Major effort required to tackle illegal weaponry – Hussey
06 November 2015
The Ulster Unionist Party’s Policing Board representative, Ross Hussey MLA, has said information received from the Police in response to a number of questions submitted by him confirm that a major effort is required to tackle the problem of illegal weaponry.
Hussey proud to support Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
28 October 2015
Ulster Unionist MLA for West Tyrone, Ross Hussey is proud to support this years Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and is lighting up purple to raise awareness for the disease.
Hussey condemns those responsible for another bomb scare in Omagh
17 October 2015
Ross Hussey, Ulster Unionist MLA for West Tyrone, has condemned those responsible for another bomb scare in Omagh.
Time for a change
I was first elected to Omagh District Council in May 2005 and in that seven year period I was closely involved with community groups in the town. We have seen very positive steps forward, specifically, with the redevelopment of the Hospital Road community centre, the revamp of the King George's Field area of Campsie, the new cycle paths and enhanced footways in Festival Park and the traffic calming scheme on the Kevlin Road to name but a few. Working with local communities we see an enhanced local spirit and my colleagues and I will endeavour to continue to support these initiatives.
Time for another change
One of the campaigns that has stuck with me since I became an active politician has been the local hospital campaign. I have attended rallies and protests in Omagh, Enniskillen, Londonderry, Limavady, Belfast, even going to the constituency of the former Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward MP, in St Helens in England. I will continue to campaign in support of the Tyrone County Hospital and its staff.