Self-harm and Suicide: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

What steps he is taking to prevent self-harm and suicide among children.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Although suicides among children are relatively rare, I am concerned about increases in suicide and self-harm amongst teenagers. As Suicide Prevention Minister I am personally committed to do whatever we can to prevent suicides in children.

We have challenged social media companies to step up and protect children from harmful suicidal and self-harm content and cyberbullying.

The NHS long-term plan commits to increasing funding for children and young people’s mental health services which will ensure children can access the right support, including crisis care provision.

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