Samaritans provides the Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention, which is made up of MPs and Members of the House of Lords
The All-Party Group on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention aims to raise awareness within Parliament and encourage discussion and debate of all issues surrounding suicide and self-harm prevention.
As a result of the 2023 AGM, the following Members were elected:
- Liz Twist MP (Chair)
- Jason McCartney MP (Vice-Chair)
- Ian Levy MP (Vice-Chair)
- Karin Smyth MP (Treasurer)
- Kerry McCarthy MP
- Sarah Olney MP
- Richard Burgon MP
- Sarah Green MP
- Rachael Maskell MP
Please note, this is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this webpage are those of the group.
Inquiry into young people and suicide
The APPG has launched a mini-inquiry focused on young people and suicide.
According to the ONS (2018), suicide is the biggest killer of young people aged 16-24. In 2021, 611 deaths by suicide were registered for people aged 15-24 in England and Wales. Suicide rates among young people are increasing. ONS data show that females aged 24 and under have seen the largest increase in suicide rates since 1981.
This inquiry will focus on the experiences of young people from age 18 to 25, given the rising rates of suicide among this group, and seek to understand what should be done to prevent young suicides. The inquiry will explore risk factors and help-seeking experienced by young people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts.
The full terms of reference can be found below.
The APPG will gather evidence through an anonymous survey, as well as a short series of evidence sessions with people with lived experience, organisations, academics and practitioners.
The survey is now closed.
Inquiry into the support available for young people who self-harm
In 2020, the APPG undertook an inquiry into the support available for young people who self-harm. In undertaking the inquiry, the APPG brought together experts through oral evidence sessions, as well as collecting written evidence, to better understand what services exist for young people who self-harm, how effective these are, and how they can be improved. Thank you to all those who submitted evidence to the inquiry.
You can download the final report below.
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