Early day motion 309

SAVE THE #CLASSOF2018

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Total number of signatures: 26

Bottomley, Peter Brown, Alan Chapman, Douglas Cunningham, Jim
Day, Martyn George, Ruth Gray, Neil Hendry, Drew
Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Lamb, Norman Law, Chris
Lewis, Julian Linden, David Martin, Sandy McKinnell, Catherine
Moran, Layla Morris, Grahame M Rimmer, Marie Robinson, Gavin
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd Shannon, Jim Sheppard, Tommy Stephens, Christopher
Thewliss, Alison Western, Matt

That this House welcomes World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on 10 September 2017 to raise awareness and promote worldwide action to prevent suicides; recognises that suicide is the biggest killer of young people, male and female, aged under 35 in the UK; is deeply concerned that over 200 children of school age die by suicide every year in the UK, and believes that this is a national tragedy; supports the launch of national charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide's campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018, to raise awareness of the scale of suicide in schoolchildren and build suicide-safer schools and colleges; welcomes the charity's new suicide prevention guide for teachers and school staff as part of this campaign, covering issues including language around suicide, identifying if a child is suicidal, intervention and postvention, to equip staff with the skills and confidence needed to support children who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts; affirms that suicide is not inevitable and can be prevented; and urges the Government to pledge its support for the Save The #ClassOf2018 campaign as part of a national Zero Suicides strategy.