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Suicide prevention inquiry


Follow-up report

The Government has published a progress report on its suicide prevention strategy but it must take tangible action to ensure effective implementation. So says the Health Committee in its final report on suicide prevention.

Interim report

The Government must prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the unacceptable suicide rate, says the Health Committee in its interim report into suicide prevention.

The Health Committee decided to undertake an inquiry into the action which is necessary to improve suicide prevention in England.When someone takes their own life, the effect on their family, friends and the wider community is devastating. The Government published Preventing Suicide in England: A cross-governmental outcomes strategy to save lives, in 2012, and two updates have been published since (in 2014 and 2015 (PDF 482KB)). The Health Committee seeks to examine what further action should be taken to prevent suicide.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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6th Report - Suicide prevention
Inquiry Suicide prevention inquiry
HC 1087
4th Report - Suicide prevention: interim report
Inquiry Suicide prevention inquiry
HC 300

Oral evidence transcripts

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31 January 2017
Inquiry Suicide prevention inquiry
Witnesses Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive, Samaritans, Dr Peter Aitken, Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Hamish Elvidge, The Matthew Elvidge Trust, Councillor Richard Kemp, Deputy Chair, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association
Oral Evidence
29 November 2016
Inquiry Suicide prevention inquiry
Witnesses Professor Louis Appleby, Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, Professor Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry, Institute of PsychiatryRt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, Jonathan Marron, Director of Community, Mental Health and 7 Day Services, Department of Health, Phoebe Robinson, Head of Mental Health and Secure Care, NHS England
Oral Evidence
8 November 2016
Inquiry Suicide prevention inquiry
Witnesses Ian Stevens, Suicide Prevention Programme Manager, Network Rail, Melanie Hide, Head of Corporate Affairs, Royal National Lifeboat InstitutionMarie Ash, Devon Suicide Prevention Alliance, Shirley Smith, If U Care Share Foundation, Clare Milford Haven, The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund, Hamish Elvidge, The Matthew Elvidge Trust, Steve Mallen, The MindEd Trust, Dr Marc Bush, Chief Policy Advisor, Young Minds, Joy Hibbins, Suicide Crisis
Oral Evidence
The Matthew Elvidge Trust (SPR0177)
Professor Navneet Kapur (SPR0178)
Professor David Gunnell (SPR0179)

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