Mark Spencer praises appointment of Suicide Prevention Minister

October 10, 2018




Mark Spencer, Member of Parliament for Sherwood, has praised the government’s creation and appointment of a Minister for Suicide Prevention.


Marking World Mental Health Day at a Mental Health Summit in London, The Prime Minister announced the creation and appointment of the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention. In what is believed to be the first government appointed role of its kind in the world, Jackie Doyle-Price has been appointed as the Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention.


Additionally, The Prime Minister announced further funding of nearly £1.8 million to ensure that the Samaritan’s helpline remains free for another 4 years, alongside further support for supporting mental health in schools.


Discussing the appointment, Mark said: “I think it’s incredibly fitting that, on World Mental Health day, the government has announced the creation of this new role to focus on mental health and suicide prevention.”


“Mental Health is a huge challenge, but this appointment shows how seriously the Government are taking it, and I’m really proud that we as a country are now highlighting and acting on these challenges. I look forward to working with Jackie in the future, and wish her all the very best in this new role.”




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