Our communities have been rocked by the tragic loss of far too many young men to suicide in recent weeks. Suicide is currently the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50 across the United Kingdom, and the raising of mental health awareness and suicide prevention is vitally important. My constituency office is currently organising training in this regard for elected representatives, their staff, and local organisations.
Earlier this week, the crass and completely unacceptable shout of “suicide” from Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and Somerset, in the direction of SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford, highlights just how much work is still to be done in terms of suicide awareness, even at the heart of Government.
Yesterday, I raised this matter with the Leader of the House, and urged Ms Leadsom to take steps towards providing suicide awareness training for all Members.