• The Minister of Health and Welfare today met with the families of the victims and key stakeholders such as Papyrus and James Place to talk about his personal mission to prevent suicide.
  • Key initiatives to reduce suicide risk and support services, including the new National Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • Men were urged to respond to mental health questions by demanding proof, as only 19% of respondents are still men.

Health and Welfare Minister Sajid Javid spoke about measures being taken to prevent suicide and encouraged men to speak up about their mental health in a speech today at the headquarters of suicide prevention charity Papyrus in London. [Friday 24 June 2022].

In his speech, inspired by his own family’s suicide and bereavement following the death of his own brother, the Minister of Health and Welfare highlighted the importance of seeking help and the massive plans already under way to support support services, as well as new initiatives to reduce suicide.

These include an updated suicide prevention plan, better services for the families of the victims, and better use of technology to understand the causes of suicide.

Prior to his speech, Mr. Javid also met with key stakeholders such as Papyrus to discuss suicide prevention and his personal mission to increase available support, especially for men. He has also met people with suicide experiences including Philip Peary, Harry Biggs-Davison, Mike McCarthy and Steve Philip, whose sons have committed suicide, as well as key partners such as: If U Care Share, Samaritans and James Place among others. .

Men may be reluctant to contact medical and other support services, and anyone in need of help is encouraged to talk to their GP or self-refer through the NHS.

Over 5,000 suicides have been reported in England in 2021. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50, and about three-quarters of suicide deaths each year occur among men. In addition, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the highest male suicide rates were in mixed and white ethnic groups. Samaritans respond to a call for help every 10 seconds, and unfortunately, about every 90 minutes in the UK alone, someone dies by suicide.

Health and Welfare Minister Sajid Javid said:

We must treat suicides with the same urgency as any other major killer. […].

I am determined to make a difference in this matter […] and one way to do that is to publish a new 10-year suicide prevention plan.

[…]For me, it’s deeply personal: too many unfinished families and too much untapped potential.

Mr. Javid spoke about the steps the government is taking to engage the populations most at risk, focusing on socio-economic and regional differences, improving services and embracing new technologies.

He announced that work would be done with experts to standardize safety guides for professionals working with people at risk to ensure best practices, and that all MPs, parliamentary employees and civil servants working on the front lines would be given access to training on suicide prevention. have the skills to interact with people in a crisis situation.

For most people who commit suicide as a result of suicide in their immediate family, bereavement services will be contacted in advance within a few days of referral to offer support, removing the burden of responsibility from mourners during their grief.

He also talked about increased use of apps and online services and better data collection, including the deployment of a national suicide surveillance system early next year that analyzes risk patterns and will improve mitigation practices. This will provide a better understanding of how to address the complex causes of suicide, including on the Internet, through the Internet Safety Bill, and ensure that future legislation adapts to rapidly changing challenges.

He said:

The Internet Safety Bill gives us a unique opportunity to address this issue.
[…]I will also work with the government to review both upcoming and current legislation to ensure it meets the rapidly changing challenges we face.

Because when it comes to encouraging suicide, we currently rely on legislation that was created long before the digital age.

He spoke about the new long-term Suicide Prevention Plan and how important it is to be based on the views and experiences of the public, professionals and people with life experience. He also highlighted how the government is supporting voluntary and community suicide prevention services with £5m funding in 2021/22 and reaffirmed the improvement of support services so that anyone in the country can dial NHS 111 by 2023-24 to contact the local NHS. psychiatric service and access to 24/7 support. This would make England one of the first countries in the world to receive such an offer.

After initially issuing a call for evidence on April 12, the health secretary also called on men to give their views on what could be improved in existing services to help develop a new 10-year mental health plan as well as an updated National Suicide Prevention Plan. .

Calling for evidence, the government is seeking opinions on what can be improved in the current service, looking for people from all ages, genders and walks of life, especially in light of the pandemic, which has led to a record number of people seeking treatment. Men, in particular, are encouraged to respond, as only 19% of respondents are still men.

He urged:

I want to hear opinions from everywhere on how to organize this work, and the round table that I chaired this morning was very promising.

I’ve heard heartbreaking stories of love and loss, as well as inspiring stories of the work being done to take people away from this painful path, including, of course, here at Papyrus.

I am determined to change the situation in this matter.

The 10 year plan will help tackle the Covid backlog by building on the NHS Long Term Plan and is part of the government’s broader commitment to rebuilding fairer work by working to put mental health on par with physical health and is a key part. commitment to close health disparities across the country and improve the mental well-being of the nation by 2030.

To respond to a request for evidence, please visit


  • The Minister for Health and Welfare’s speech will be available on shortly.

  • The Mental Health Evidence Call closes July 7th.

  • Resources and helpful tools can be found at Every mind matters.

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