I spoke in the House today about NICE’s draft guidlines for preventing suicide, and also about the excellent work Samaritans volunteers are doing in their UK-wide awareness campaign – #TheBigListenT.

Three times more people die by suicide than in road accidents. NICE’s new guidelines help to highlight this devastating loss of life and increase understanding of what councils, education, businesses, prisons and others can do together to prevent it, because suicide is everybody’s business.


For NICE’s guidelines to have any impact, there is a need for increased government funding and resources – in particular in areas where individuals and communities are facing deprivation. As was highlighted in a recent report, suicide is an inequality issue and we need money and political will to address that, not guidelines alone

It is so important to get the message out that suicide is preventable, not inevitable.