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Madeleine Moon (Bridgend, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to distribute Help is at Hand to (a) general practitioners, (b) coroners and (c) police forces; and if he will make a statement.

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Paul Burstow (The Minister of State, Department of Health; Sutton and Cheam, Liberal Democrat)

I wrote to the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Coroner's Society and the Association of Chief Police Officers in July 2011 raising the issue of “Help Is at Hand” and asking that these organisations help us to promote the use of this important document.

One of the key themes of the draft Suicide Prevention Strategy is the greater prominence of measures to support families bereaved by suicide and “Help is at Hand” is an important part of this support.

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