Suicide - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:04 pm on 8th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Harries of Pentregarth Lord Harries of Pentregarth Crossbench 1:04 pm, 8th September 2020

I thank the Minister for his reply and what the Government are doing. Unfortunately, male suicides are the worst they have been for two decades. There is particular concern among men between the ages of 45 and 49, and suicide is the highest form of death for those under 50. It is a particular concern in areas of Yorkshire and Humber. In his latest book, Professor Michael Sandel argues that this is part of a wider malaise in society. In a highly competitive society such as ours, there are those left behind without any sense of value, dignity or self-esteem. Will the Minister encourage the suicide strategy advisory group to look at what Michael Sandel has said and its implications for government policy?