Health Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:41 pm on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee 12:41 pm, 16th March 2017

I thank my hon. Friend for his important question. We absolutely looked at that issue and specifically mentioned it in our report. He will know that part of the problem is that irresponsible reporting can sometimes lead to contagion. We know that when local areas work together closely to identify suicides, particularly early clusters, measures can be taken—people can go into workplaces, schools and colleges—to provide support and stop it. It does, though, require that we notice it early, so the Committee urges coroners to work with local authorities and public health teams to ensure that they are aware of the high risk of suicides spreading.