Sign on the dotted line: MPs will be pledging to keep suicide prevention at the top of the agenda

Cross-party MPs make Christmas pledge to prevent suicide in 2018

MPs from all parties are getting together to sign a pledge to support suicide prevention in 2018 at a Christmas reception organised by Samaritans in the House of Commons today.

The event, which has been funded by rail industry partners, who work with Samaritans to reduce suicide, is being hosted by Madeleine Moon, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price spoke at the reception, setting out the Government’s approach on the issue.

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “Today we are celebrating all the progress we have made in 2017 to keep suicide prevention high up on the political agenda - but there is a still a lot of work to be done to put effective policies in place to reduce suicide further.

“We have made great progress this year, launching our Local Action Saves Lives campaign, having our recommendations taken up by the Health Select Committee, and we welcome the Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health.

“However, we all need to do more – nearly 6,000 people die by suicide in the UK every year, and MPs can make a major contribution, whether they are talking and listening to a person in need, raising suicide prevention in the workplace, or in Parliament.

“We’re asking everyone here today to sign a pledge and hang it on our Christmas tree, and let’s get the buzz going on social media,” Ruth said.

The event, which has been funded by rail industry partners, who work with Samaritans to reduce suicide, is being hosted by Madeleine Moon, chair of the APPG on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention, Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price..

Nearly 50 MPs are due to attend the event at the Thames Pavilion.