John Campbell responds to Health Committee's final report on suicide prevention

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In a report released today, the Health Committee states that the voluntary sector plays a vital role in suicide prevention and calls on the government to ensure effective implementation of its suicide prevention strategy. John Campbell, Managing Director of Mental Health at Turning Point, a social enterprise, said:

‘This report is a welcome addition to the growing issue of suicide, and rightly puts pressure on the government to ensure effective implementation of its suicide prevention strategy. However, this will require funding beyond what the government has allocated. In 2015 alone, there were over 6,000 suicides in the UK with a total cost to the economy of over £10 billion. More government funding would go a long way to saving money as well as lives.

‘There is of course a greater role to be played by the voluntary sector. Organisations like Turning Point play a vital role in providing support to people with mental health issues and people who face a mental health crisis, and are therefore at risk of taking their own life. We have crisis services in Hertfordshire, Nottingham, and Manchester, and also provide Talking Therapies services.’

To see where our Talking Therapies services are based, visit https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/. Alternatively, visit the Turning Point website for more information on all Turning Point services, at /.