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Sean Duggan: HSC report on suicide prevention is right that more must be done

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Sean Duggan

Responding to the Health Select Committee’s Suicide Prevention Interim Report (published 19 December), Sean Duggan, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network, said:

“We completely agree with the Committee that a lot more can be done to prevent suicide and support people in crises. Developing mental health services is essential but money hasn’t come as quickly as promised and this is holding-up progress. For too long we have seen year-on-year increases in prison suicide and there are worrying trends around children's mental health too, with insufficient investment to improve their care. Suicide rates are among their highest in 20 years and we urgently need them to fall, so we encourage the Government to take on board the Committee’s findings and implement a much more robust suicide strategy in 2017.”

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