While suicide rates have dropped in recent years, about 4,500 people take their own lives each year in England, The British Prime Minister Theresa appointed Jackie Doyle-Price as Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention.
The Appointment was announced barring Months after appointing its first minister for loneliness,Doyle-Price will work with both the national and local government, experts in suicide and self-harm prevention, charities, clinicians and those personally affected by suicide. She will also ensure every local area has an effective suicide prevention plan in place, and will explore how technology can be used to identify those most at risk.
Mental health services in Britain have become increasingly stretched in recent years as demand has increased against the backdrop of budget cuts mandated by the government’s decade-long austerity policy.
Doyle-Price, who was a junior minister in the Department of Health, said: In my time as health minister I have met many people who have been bereaved by suicide and their stories of pain and loss will stay with me for a long time.
It’s these people who need to be at the heart of what we do and I welcome this opportunity to work closely with them, as well as experts, to oversee a cross-government suicide prevention plan, making their sure their views are always heard.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, acknowledged on Wednesday that mental health services had been short of resources as he began a new initiative to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health.
“The truth is that, for an awfully long time, mental health has simply not had the same level of support — both in terms of resources, but also in terms of how we as a society talk about it compared to physical health, and we want to change that,”.