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World Mental Health Day: UK Minister for Suicide Prevention and Global Ministerial Health Summit

World Mental Health Day: UK Minister for Suicide Prevention and Global Ministerial Health Summit

15th October 2018

As none of you will have missed, last week Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and the UK got a Minister for Suicide Prevention, possibly the first one in the world. 

On Wednesday, PM Theresa May announced that Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-PriceMP, will become the UK’s Minister for suicide prevention. She will lead a ministerial taskforce comprised of national and local governments, experts, charities, clinicians and those personally affected. May also announced extra funding to the Samaritans and the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA).

Another first was the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit hosted last week on 9 and 10 October in London. The summit brought together policy-makers, leaders, experts, innovators and CSOs from more than 50 countries and discussed 6 topics/workstreams to achieve parity of esteem, tackle stigma and bring the issue to the top of the agenda. On the second day, Matt Hancock gave a speech and in it announced £30 million for global mental health research to 'drive forward our goal of achieving equality between mental & physical health.' 

Tomorrow at 2.30pm, the Health and Social Care Committee will hear from experts on Patient safety and gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. Amongst those will be Prof Sir Norman Williams, author of a rapid policy review into the topic – read the review here.

Finally, interesting to follow could also be the Public Accounts Committee session on Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm, where the committee will look into the Performance of the Department of Health and Social Care and its financial sustainability.

Have a great week,

Best regards,

Emelie de WagtAPHG and Health Policy Manager, Policy Connect020 72028580