UK appoints minister for suicide prevention
London , Oct 11 : The United Kingdom has appointed Jackie Doyle-Price as its first Minister for Suicide Prevention on World Mental Health Day.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care tweeted, "On #WorldMentalHealthDay, delighted that PM has appointed the first UK Minister for Suicide Prevention to lead a new national effort on suicide prevention and overcome the stigma that stops people seeking help."
Furthermore, other British Members of Parliament like Madeleine Moon lauded the government's effort and congratulated Doyle-Price in a tweet, "Congratulations to @JackieDP on her appointment as Minister for Suicide Prevention. I look forward to her continuing to work with the APPG for Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention and to ensure every local area has effective prevention plans in place to save lives. #WorldMentalHealthDay"
Jackie Doyle-Price previously held the post of Health Minister, before being appointed as UK's first Minister for Suicide Prevention.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has also launched other efforts like funding the Samaritans charity with up to 1.8 million pounds. The charity aims at providing support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide. Furthermore, the government will support the Samaritans in keeping their helpline free for the next four years.