Parliament - Samaritans attend meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

Samaritans attend Parliament meeting on suicide prevention

Samaritans attended a meeting in Parliament last night as part of its ongoing work to influence suicide policy.

The meeting, organised by Labour Campaign for Mental Health, heard from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who highlighted his party’s commitment to mental health and suicide prevention.

Male suicide rates were a matter of particular concern, he told the audience of shadow ministers and representatives from charities and other organisations, and there was evidence that universities were not doing enough to help students, he added.

Labour was determined to bring about parity of esteem for mental and physical health, Mr Corbyn said, and would continue to fight for people who are marginalised and stigmatized.

Luciana Berger, now a back bencher and member of the Health Select Committee, Jon Ashworth, shadow minister for Health, and Barbara Keeley, shadow minister with responsibility for mental health, also attended the meeting and said they would make campaigning on mental health issues a priority.

Samaritans regularly attends meetings on mental health and suicide called by all political parties.

Photo caption: Planning ahead - Jeremy Corbyn at the meeting in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons last night