Theresa May appoints suicide prevention minister
Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price named in newly created role
Jackie Doyle Price
Prime Minister Theresa May used World Mental Health Day yesterday to announce the appointment of a new minister for suicide prevention at the government’s inaugural global mental health summit.
Jackie Doyle-Price has been the MP for Thurrock since 2010 and will now take up the role of Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention.
Her job, according to the Prime Minister, will be to help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.
Ms May said: “We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence and prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives.”
Although rates are falling, around 4,500 people take their own lives each year.
The global mental health summit has seen officials from more the 50 countries assemble in London.
During the summit, the government promised more support in schools and pledged £1.8m to the Samaritans, to enable the charity to operate its helpline for another four years.
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