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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:50 am on 10th September 2020.

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Photo of Liz Twist Liz Twist Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:50 am, 10th September 2020

It has been reported that the coronavirus pandemic is leading to a second, quieter epidemic in mental health. The amazing north-east suicide prevention charity, If U Care Share, says that calls to its helpline have risen by nearly 300% during covid, and a survey of Samaritans volunteers found that callers across the country are generally more anxious and distressed than before the pandemic. Will the Secretary of State tell us what plans are in place to ensure that there is support for areas such as mine—Gateshead—before this becomes a crisis?