“Too many [people] suffer in silence” in the UK which has led to Jackie Doyle-Price being appointed as the new suicide prevention minister. Revealed on Wednesday 10th October 2018, she will be responsible for combatting the UK’s mental health crisis.
The appointment marks World Mental Health Day, and will result in Doyle-Price implementing a new mental health strategy. Responsible for leading national and local governments, self-harm charities and those personally affected by suicide; she will ensure that suicide prevention plans are active in local areas.
4, 500 people take their own lives each year in England, according to government research. Consequentially, suicide rates have fallen in recent years however it still remains the leading cause of death in men under 45, the Times reports.
‘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,’ Doyle-Price said in a statement. ‘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 sure their views are always heard,’’ she said.
The Samaritans, a voluntary run service, also received £1.8 million government funding to remain a free 24 hour service for 4 years. They provide support to individuals experiencing emotional difficulties.
Poor mental ill health can often be identified by the age of 14 meaning the focus of the governments’ strategy will be on the mental health of young people.
To combat what she called ‘the sad reality of modern life’ that affects so many people, Theresa May also appointed a minister for loneliness earlier this year.