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JLR2

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Government's new suicide minister
« on: October 10, 2018, 07:34:32 AM »
I was somewhat surprised as I watched the BBC Breakfast presenter's interview with Matt Hancock MP as at no point in the interview did she make mention of the numbers of disabled claimants taking their own lives. I can't help but feel had she done so it would have silenced the minister as he would not have been able to say another word due to his utter embarrassment.

Thank you for adding the Warning Triangle I an adding some extra information to this opening post for those people who might need immediate help :-) Sunshine.

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lankou

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 07:55:50 AM »
Logical step there already is a minister for causing suicide, Esther McVey.

JLR2

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 09:07:38 AM »
True Lankou, so sad but true.

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Re: Government's new suicide minister - Jackie Doyle-Price
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 11:41:36 AM »
 I initially thought this thread was going to be about the people who have died after DWP assessments however a quick Google showed that the Governemnt has actually appointed someone 'to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.'.

The article talks about the stigma of suicide and I can't help thinking about how, stress at work, poverty and poor housing are being neglected as drivers causing poor mental health and suicidal thoughts.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45804225

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A minister for suicide prevention has been appointed in England by the prime minister as the government hosts the first ever global mental health summit.

Theresa May said the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role will help tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.

While suicide rates are falling, 4,500 people take their own lives every year.

The appointment comes as ministers and officials from more than 50 countries assemble in London for the summit.

Wednesday's meeting - hosted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - coincides with World Mental Health Day.
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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 11:57:31 AM »
Aye, the political establishment will ... no doubt with deluges of fake "concern" ... seek to prevent (what some are driven to regard as) escape but do damn-all to sort the circumstances -- largely created by that same establishment -- which make people want to escape.

 >sarcasm<  Just another potential business/profit opportunity for their corporate cronies?

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2018, 08:16:18 PM »
They are extracting the urine with that one. 
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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 09:06:01 PM »
Is there a connection between the government appointing a minister for suicide prevention and the continued roll out of universal credit?

I also see Gordon Brown calling for a poll tax type response to UC in Scotland.  Until the press takes up/picks up the fact that UC discriminates against disabled adults, parents of disabled children and single parents then nowt will change.

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 06:59:57 AM »
I'd have posted this yesterday but due to need to use a pile of pain killing medication (naproxen) because of the pain in my head and neck I couldn't do anything but go to my kip earlier than usual.

Ian Blackford MP (SNP)  the Scottish Leader at Westminster raised the issue of WCA's with May and as you might expect she avoided answering the question asked. One of the things that really gets to me is the way many alleged journalists fail to see the obvious. I suppose it's the old story, these journalists are made well aware of the threat to their employment should they push too hard for anything resembling a meaningful answer to a serious question from an ' in government ' MP.

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 08:12:40 AM »
Best comment I have heard about this is, it is like curing malaria with the plague.

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 10:04:24 AM »
The article I read on the BBC on the role of this new Minister appointed to tackle suicide said that as part of that role they would be examining the possible links between suicide and benefits or housing. So at least they'll be looking at that. It didn't mention whether the results would ever be made public however.

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Re: Government's new suicide minister
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2018, 07:25:50 PM »
''So at least they'll be looking at that''

If they give as much attention as the BBC's Victoria Live gave this earlier today (-15mins)  then it will not be much more than a cursory glance.

I was absolutely raging at the Victoria Live program this morning as from the outset at 9am the program was trumpeting their intention to discus Universal credit from 10am, result?  Rabbiting about all sorts of guff before eventually at 10.31 they finally made mention of Universal credit and then only for 14 minutes. I emailed the program 7 times and ended up telling them I'd never again watch it again.