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SANE comment on plans for dedicated bereavement support by minister of mental health and suicide prevention
Added: 28th Oct 2019

Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on plans for dedicated bereavement support for people following a relative or friend’s suicide, announced by Nadine Dorries, the minister for mental health and suicide prevention:

“For anyone who has witnessed the anguish and grief of families and friends of a person who has taken their own life, these initiatives are clearly welcome.

“SANE’s concern however remains the 80 per cent of people who call our helpline and talk of suicide, but who are in despair because they cannot access help at times of crisis.

“Alongside these measures we would urge the Government to increase funding for crisis beds and community teams, so that unnecessary deaths can be prevented.”

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