New minister for suicide prevention consistently votes for cuts in welfare for society’s most vulnerable
From Nursing Notes: The new Tory minister for suicide prevention has consistently voted for cuts in welfare for the most vulnerable in society.
Theresa May has announced the appointment of Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price to the new role minister for suicide prevention in order to tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.
The appointment came on World Mental Health Day when officials from more than 50 countries assembled in London for a summit.
According to the website TheyWorkForYou, Ms. Doyle-Price has consistently voted to reduce housing benefit, voted against raising benefits in line with inflation, voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability and voted forty-six times for an overall reduction in spending on welfare benefits.
Statistics show that those with long-term physical or mental health issues are significantly more likely to be dependent on the state for assistance with housing and living costs.
Social isolation, financial and health struggles are thought to be some of the leading risk factors for preventable suicide in the UK.