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Suicide: Young People

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss the co-ordination of support services for suicide prevention amongst young people with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government; and if he will make a statement. (196782)

I regularly discuss a range of issues with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government including the co-ordination of support services for suicide prevention among young people in Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government and local services in Bridgend are working in full collaboration with the police service to analyse the recent tragic deaths within the Bridgend county borough. This analysis is being used to inform the development of an all Wales Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

It is of enormous encouragement that the many voluntary and support organisations, the health and social care agencies and the police, which all do tremendous work in the management of vulnerable children, young people and adults, continue to work in close collaboration.

By continuing this work, and through improvements to interagency joint arrangements, training and awareness raising across agencies, we hope to reduce occurrence of these tragic incidences.