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Self-harm and Suicide: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 909318, tabled on 19 February 2019

What steps he is taking to prevent self-harm and suicide among children.

Answered on

19 February 2019

Although suicides among children are relatively rare, I am concerned about increases in suicide and self-harm amongst teenagers. As Suicide Prevention Minister I am personally committed to do whatever we can to prevent suicides in children.

We have challenged social media companies to step up and protect children from harmful suicidal and self-harm content and cyberbullying.

The NHS long-term plan commits to increasing funding for children and young people’s mental health services which will ensure children can access the right support, including crisis care provision.

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