Mental health appointment applauded by charity

Jackie Doyle-Price

"The Prime Minister claimed that the UK now holds mental and physical health in equal esteem, that's way off, we hear every day on Hopeline UK that our young people are left waiting for long periods for proper, professional mental health support".

"Too many [people] suffer in silence" in the United Kingdom which has led to Jackie Doyle-Price being appointed as the new suicide prevention minister.

May said: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence".

4, 500 people take their own lives each year in England, according to government research.

Tuesday's opening session was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who previously launched the Heads Together mental health campaign with Prince Harry.

"There is a long road to travel to get there". Organizations, ministers and representatives from more than 50 countries will continue to discuss the many issues surrounding mental health in the capital today.

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A recent report by the National Audit Office found that even if current plans to spend an extra £1.4bn on mental health were delivered, there would be "significant unmet need" as a result of lack of staffing, poor data and a lack of spending controls on NHS clinical commissioning groups.

The new role will head up a ministerial taskforce, working with experts in suicide and self-harm prevention, charities, clinicians and those personally affected by suicide.

The government has also promised more support in schools, bringing in new mental health support teams and offering help in measuring students' health, including their mental wellbeing, reported BBC.

Mrs Doyle-Price, who has been an MP since 2010, will now become the minister for mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention.

Jackie Doyle-Price is expected to lead government's efforts aimed at reducing stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare, a situation that leads to people getting suicidal.

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Marjorie Wallace, the chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, applauded the announcement but also warned that the government had not made enough improvements since it pledged to tackle mental health issues two years ago.

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