Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has, for the first time in the world, appointed a minister to prevent suicide as reports show more and more people are taking their lives in Britain over mental health problems.
May appointed Jackie Doyle-Price to the newly created post of mental health, inequalities and suicide prevention minister as representatives of 50 countries gathered in London Wednesday for a mental health summit.
May also earmarked a budget of 1.8 million pounds ($2.4 million) to help the Samaritans’ helpline, a confidential 24/7 freephone service, expand its consultation services to people grappling with mental health issues.
“We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence. We can prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives,” she said.
Doyle-Price, a conservative member of the British parliament, is supposed to work with experts in suicide and self-harm prevention, charities, clinicians and…