Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group

Health written question – answered on 6th March 2006.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) membership and (b) terms of reference are of the Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group; what assessment she has made of the impact of its work; and if she will make a statement.

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

The suicide prevention strategy advisory group provides leadership and support in ensuring successful implementation of the national suicide prevention strategy. It also provides valuable input into the development of various specific actions outlined in the strategy where members of the group have a particular expertise. A review of membership was undertaken in 2005 to ensure it reflected the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to take this work forward. The new membership is as follows:

Name Organisation
Professor Louis Appleby (Chairman) National Director for Mental Health
Keith Foster Suicide Prevention Programme Lead, national Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE)
Dr Jenny Bywaters Director of Public Health, NIMHE
Professor Clair Chilvers Department of Health
Sue Graves Department of Health
Alison Tingle Department of Health
Dr David Gunnell University of Bristol
Professor Keith Hawton Centre for Suicide Research, Oxford University
Professor Rachel Jenkins Institute of Psychiatry
Dr Mary Piper Department of Health
Dr Sian Rees Department of Health
Nigel Hancock Safety Custody Group, Health and Offender Partnerships (NOMS)
Dr Neil Brimblecombe Department of Health
Anna Brown PAPYRUS
Veronica Collingridge Coroner's Society of England & Wales
Sandie Keene Local Government Association
Pat Holma National Mental Health Partnership
Finlay Robertson
Professor David Sallah Head of NIMHE BME programme
David King Samaritans
John Scott NIMHE

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Posted on 10 Mar 2006 7:11 pm (Report this annotation)

I would like to see some suicide survivors represented on this advisory group as they are surely the only experts in this field...yet again not a level playing field