Help is at Hand

Health written question – answered on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Member, Defence Committee 8th March 2012

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.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health 8th March 2012

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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