Farmers: Suicide

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2019 to Question 254107 on Farmers: Suicide, if he will set up a round table for hon. Members representing agricultural constituencies to discuss what steps can be taken to reduce the number of suicides of farmers and farm workers.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This is a good suggestion and I would welcome the opportunity to explore further with colleagues representing agricultural constituencies these important issues that were raised in debate on 22 May.

Defra and the Department for Health and Social Care work closely together to monitor and improve mental health and wellbeing in rural communities and I suggest that officials from both departments join us in this discussion.

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