APPG on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention, Zelda Peters, Turning Point's Director for Mental Health services said;

"The focus this report brings to the issue of suicide is important. The recent statistics released by the ONS on suicides in the UK show that this is an increasing problem, and as such is one that all organisations providing mental health services in the UK must address.

What we see time and again is that when people face a crisis they need help fast. We need to ensure that the right support is available when people need it. As this report and recent statistics show anything less can have devastating consequences. The APPG noted the real risk that health and wellbeing boards may neglect suicide prevention when faced with other public health demands on limited resources. As providers of mental health services we need to work together to ensure that suicide prevention and mental health more generally are central to the public health agenda."