Suicide

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th July 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral statement of 27 June 2022 on Draft Mental Health Bill, what plans he has to include an analysis on the causation of suicides in the 10-year suicide prevention plan.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his oral statement of 27 June 2020 on Draft Mental Health Bill, what plans he has for the 10-year suicide prevention strategy to identify solutions to the social determinates of poor mental health.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We launched a call for evidence, which is open until 7 July, to inform the development of the 10-year, cross-Government plan for mental health and wellbeing in England. The call for evidence sought views on the prevention of mental ill-health to acute mental health care, which will contribute to preventing suicide.

We will also engage with those working in the suicide prevention sector to inform a new suicide prevention plan, which will update the 2012 strategy and complement the 10-year plan. This engagement will include consideration of the evidence base for the causes of suicide and the associated social determinates to identify actions to reduce suicide rates.

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