Minister for Suicide Prevention questioned on report recommendations

22 January 2019

The Health and Social Care Committee holds an evidence session with Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Minister for Suicide Prevention, and other stakeholders and relevant bodies.


Tuesday 22 January 2019, the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive, The Samaritans
  • Dr Peter Aitken, Committee Member of the Liaison Faculty, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Councillor Richard Kemp, Deputy Chair, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association
  • Hamish Elvidge, Chair, Matthew Elvidge Foundation

At 3.20pm

  • Professor Louis Appleby, Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group

At 3.45pm

  • Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention, Department for Health and Social Care
  • Professor Tim Kendall, Mental Health National Clinical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement on behalf of NHS England
  • Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement on behalf of Public Health England

Purpose of the session

The session will focus on progress in implementing the recommendations of the Committee's 2017 inquiry into suicide prevention. Other stakeholders and relevant bodies will also be participating in the session.

Further details of the Committee's previous work in this area can be found here:

A call for evidence is not being issued in connection with this session but any organization or individual wishing to contribute views on the Government’s progress against the Committee’s recommendations is welcome to do so and should contact the Clerk of the Committee at

All submissions must be received by Friday 4th January at the latest. 

Please be aware that we are unable to respond to submissions or comment on cases individually.  

If you are in need of confidential emotional support, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day by calling free on 116123, or emailing

Further information

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