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Suicide: North West

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th June 2019.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths of patients in the care of each mental health NHS trust in the North West were attributed to suicide in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 (c) 2019; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of deaths by suicide among patients undergoing treatment for mental health problems.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

This information is not available in the format requested.

The latest information on suicide registrations for 2017 was published by the Office for National Statistics in September 2018 and can be found at the following link:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2017registrations

The latest National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health report was published in October 2018 and is available at the following link:

https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/ncish/reports/

In January 2018, the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Rt. hon. Jeremy Hunt MP) announced a zero suicide ambition for the National Health Service, starting with mental health inpatients. Every NHS mental health provider was required to put in place a zero suicide policy during 2018/19. There has been significant progress made by trusts in developing zero suicide plans, with regional suicide prevention leads supporting trusts to finalise these.

For those requiring support for a mental health problem, under the NHS Long Term Plan, there will be a comprehensive expansion of mental health services, with an additional £2.3 billion in real terms by 2023/24. This will give 380,000 more adults access to psychological therapies and 345,000 more children and young people greater support in the next five years.

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