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Committee questions Government on tackling problems in men’s and boys’ mental health

21 October 2019

In this evidence session the Committee will confront Ministers from the Department of Health and the Department for Education with evidence heard throughout its inquiry into the Mental Health of Men and Boys. It will attempt to establish what progress the Government has made on addressing the issues raised and how it plans to improve mental health for men and boys.

Background

The inquiry was launched in November last year amid concerns about rates of suicide among men, as well as the quality of support systems in place for the mental health of men and boys.  As well as being overrepresented in suicide statistics, men are two to three times more likely to be addicted to drugs and alcohol, half as likely to be referred to psychological therapies, and make up most of the prison and homeless populations. 

Areas of questioning are set to include:

  • The effectiveness of current strategies aimed at reducing mental ill health, including the Suicide Prevention Strategy. 
  • What they are doing to tackle harmful gender stereotypes in schools and colleges. 
  • What they are doing to address the stigma associated with mental ill health. 
  • How they are working to help those men and boys at high risk of developing mental health issues.  
  • How they are working to improve mental health services for men and boys, including those from ethnic minority groups and the GBT+ community. 

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 October 2019, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Nadine Dorries MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, Department for Health and Social Care
  • Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State (Minister for School Standards), Department for Education.

Further information

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