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Suicide: Bereavement Counselling

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 91857, tabled on 6 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on the establishment of suicide bereavement support services.

Answered on

19 November 2020

Under the NHS Long Term Plan, we have set out our plans to invest £57 million to support local suicide prevention plans and establish suicide bereavement support services in all areas of England by 2023/24.

We have committed that all local systems will have suicide bereavement support services providing timely and appropriate support to families and staff by 2023/24 and have provided funding to 40% of local systems in 2020/21 for them to establish and deliver such services. This is in line with the planning and delivery expectations set out in the Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20-2023/24.