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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-10-24more like thismore than 2018-10-24
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Suicide: Bereavement Counselling remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that every family bereaved by suicide is proactively offered bereavement support within seven days. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Wavertree more like this
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Luciana Berger more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-29more like thismore than 2018-10-29
star this property answer text <p>The Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Strategy (2012), updated in 2017, has two main aims: to reduce suicides and to improve the support and information provided to people bereaved by suicide. Suicide bereavement support should be provided locally by health and social care services working together along with the third sector.</p><p> </p><p>We are investing £25 million over the next three years in support of the strategy. In 2018/19, £5 million has been provided and £10 million will be provided in each year in 2019/20 and 2020/21. This funding is being provided to sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) areas to support them to develop their suicide prevention plans and a national quality improvement programme across the National Health Service to improve patient safety and reduce suicides. This first eight STP areas received funding this year. The second year of this funding will be used to support some STPs to develop specific areas of their local suicide prevention plans, including suicide bereavement services.</p><p> </p><p>The Department funds the provision of the ‘Help is at Hand advice and information tool’ which is distributed to local services and can be provided to families bereaved by suicide as soon as is possible and appropriate following a suspected death by suicide.</p><p> </p><p>In July this year, the NHS National Quality Board published ‘Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers.’ This aims to improve the way the NHS supports, engages and communicates with people who are bereaved, including through suicide, especially when a death is subject to an investigation. It advises that trusts should provide information to bereaved families on support and care that is available to them inside and outside the trust.</p><p> </p><p>Every local authority in England, now has a suicide prevention plan in place, or in development, to reduce suicides in their community. Public Health England published planning guidance to local authorities in 2016 which recommended priorities for local suicide prevention plans including the provision of suicide bereavement support. We are working with the local government sector to ensure their plans are effective, looking at what works and identifying areas for improvement to feed into a wider national programme of support for local authorities.</p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk remove filter
star this property answering member printed Matt Hancock more like this
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less than 2018-10-29T14:17:49.7Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-29T14:17:49.7Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Luciana Berger more like this