Theresa May appoints first minister of suicide prevention

The British Prime Minister Theresa May, confirmed the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as the world’s first minister for suicide prevention, this appointment is targeted to deal with  the death of over 4,500 people taking their own lives in England each year, comes on World Mental Health Day.

The new role will head up a ministerial taskforce, working with experts in suicide and self-harm prevention, charities, clinicians and those personally affected by suicide.

May said: “We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.”

Doyle-Price, in her new role as minister for mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention, said: “In my time as health minister I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time.

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“It’s these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard.”

May has also pledged more support for mental health services for children and young people, as well as funding for the Samaritans’ helpline — a confidential 24/7 freephone service.

Source: ( CNN )

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