Mental Health (Suicide)

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on reducing the risks of suicide in mental health hospitals.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England has identified those in touch with mental health services as a group at high risk of suicide. The strategy sets out a number of actions mental health services need to take to reduce the risk of suicides within this high risk group. The first annual report of the suicide prevention programme sets out progress made so far and further action that needs to be taken in the medium and longer term. A copy of the report is available in the Library.

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