British Prime Minister Theresa May has designated the first-ever historically minister for preventing suicide. part of a £1.8 million push to decrease the number of individuals taking their own lives.
This is believed to be a world’s first ever initiative of its own kind. Ms May announced that the health minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, will lead efforts to end the stigma that prevents people from seeking help for their psychological wellness.
May swore £1.8 million to ensure the Samaritans’ helpline stays free for the following four years. It comes amid concerns over a “national outrage” in suicide rates among young people, which ascended by 67 percent between 2010 and 2017.
There are more than 4,500 self-inflicted deaths annually in England, and suicide remains the leading reason behind death among men under age 45.
British Prime minister Theresa May Speaking at a reception to mark World Mental Health Day
In the reception to mark World Mental Health Day, Ms May said, “When I first became prime minister, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and pledged to fight the burning injustices in our society.
“There are few greater examples than the injustices facing those with mental health conditions. But together we can change that.