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UK Appoints Minister For Suicide Prevention

UK Appoints Minister For Suicide Prevention

The United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May has appointed the first ever Suicide Minister dedicated to reducing suicide across the country.

The PM promoted junior health minister Jackie Doyle-Price and pledged £1.8million to fund The Samaritans helpline for four years.

Mrs. May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

: “We aren’t ­looking after our health if we aren’t looking after our mental health. We need true parity between physical and mental health. ”  She said,

Ms. Doyle-Price said more must be done to tackle the “stigma” people with mental ill health face – and ensure they feel they can “reach out for help”.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said progress was being made, noting suicides rates are coming down.

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