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Manchester’s role in Theresa May’s mental health plans

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There has been much interest in Theresa May’s plans to do more to help those particularly young people, with mental health conditions.

In her speech at the Charity Commission, the Prime Minister announced a number of pledges including a new review of employment and mental health and expansion of digital services.

She also launched a revised National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

Professor Louis Appleby from The University of Manchester, is Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. Professor Nav Kapur, also from Manchester, sits on the Group and chaired the NICE guidelines on the management of self-harm.

The revised strategy highlights the research conducted by the National Confidential Inquiry and specifically the 10 key components of safety in mental health care that the NHS should be working towards.

A key part of Theresa May's announcement is a revised national suicide prevention strategy, aiming to reduce what she called the "shocking reality" of 13 deaths by suicide every day in England. Manchester has played a major role in the new strategy - it highlights our research on suicide and self-harm and we have advised the government on what actions should now be taken
Professor Louis Appleby

The strategy also refers to the team’s research on suicide in children and young people, published in May 2016, as well as their work on self-harm.

Professor Louis Appleby said: “It's an important moment when the Prime Minister makes mental health a personal priority - not only the need to reform services but as an issue of social justice.

“A key part of Theresa May's announcement is a revised national suicide prevention strategy, aiming to reduce what she called the "shocking reality" of 13 deaths by suicide every day in England.

“Manchester has played a major role in the new strategy - it highlights our research on suicide and self-harm and we have advised the government on what actions should now be taken.

The strategy is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-third-annual-report

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