NewsPoliticsConservative Government’s new Suicide Prevention Minister made jokes about suicide Joe Mellor
12 October, 2018, 16:57
Heather said, she stopped attending, even though her doctor had recommended six more months of therapy. On the same day as the position was announced, 28 global experts assembled by The Lancet-a weekly medical journal-at a global health summit in London, said that mental health is an worldwide issue.
"The Prime Minister can not seriously claim that the United Kingdom now holds mental and physical health in equal esteem".
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said progress was being made, noting suicides rates are coming down.
May has also pledged more support for mental health services for children and young people, as well as funding for the Samaritans' helpline - a confidential 24/7 freephone service. "This is not something you solve overnight".
The government also promised to train a million people in mental health awareness, publish a "State of the Nation" report annually starting from 2019, and provide tools to help schools measure their students' mental wellbeing.
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.
Ms Doyle-Price, who is already a health minister, will lead a national effort to try and end the stigma which prevents people from seeking help. "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.
Hannah Lewis - who campaigns for improvements to mental health services having suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as a teenager - said that it can be a year before someone who is referred for help actually begins treatment.
Mental health experts have welcomed the government's new initiative, while also urging ministers to put forward a comprehensive road map to ensure that the new funding and initiatives meet the demands of those in need.