UK Parliament

Mental health money must have impact locally and target those most at risk

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland's statement on increased funding for mental health, as announced in today's Budget.

“Today’s announcement, which includes mental health support in A&E, children and young people’s crisis teams and the delivery of a mental health hotline via NHS 111, is welcome.

“It is helpful that the NHS is recognising the importance of integrating mental health support in all its services and making moves towards parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

“Suicide is not inevitable, it’s preventable. We hope this much needed funding will help save more lives.

“We will be working with the government to make sure this funding is targeted at the people who need it most. Suicide is not equal – men in the poorest communities are ten times more likely to die by suicide than those in the most affluent.

“We know that only one in three people who die by suicide are in contact with mental health services in the year before their death. We need to give local councils the resources to protect the people who are most at risk from harm.“

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