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Youth suicide and self-harm rates to be examined by MPs

21 May 2021

The Health and Social Care Committee holds a three-part session covering the inquiries into children and young people’s mental health and supporting those with dementia and their carers.

Warning: this evidence session is likely to cover disturbing themes.

MPs are also to question Care Minister on dementia care costs and lack of social care reform

The focus of the first panel will be on the restrictive practices in children’s mental health inpatient units and how to reduce their use.

The second panel will investigate the rates of self-harm and suicide among children and young people and what more can be done in terms of prevention.

The third part will put questions to the Care Minister Helen Whately on the catastrophic care costs faced by those living with dementia and their families as well as issues with accessing care. This comes following the Committee’s session on Tuesday 18 May hearing from individuals with first-hand experience of these issues.


Tuesday 25 May 2021 - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 9.30am

  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of the Child and Adolescent faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive and Mental Health Lead, NHS Providers
  • Kamena Dorling, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Article 39

 Panel 2, at approx. 10.15am

  • Julie Bentley, Chief Executive, Samaritans
  • Mark Rowland, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation
  • Professor Louis Appleby, Director, National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health, University of Manchester
  • Steve Mallen, Co-Founder, Zero Suicide Alliance 

 Panel 3, at approx. 11.15am

  • Helen Whately MP, Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Tom Surrey, Director of Adult Social Care Policy, Department of Health and Social Care

If you concerned about someone or are in need of confidential emotional support yourself, you can call Samaritans free on 116 123, email them at, or visit to find your nearest branch.

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