HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 c135W
39. Mr. Hanson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to reduce the number of suicides among young people. [344081

Mr. Boateng

Action is already being taken on a number of fronts including the pilot of a telephone helpline for young men who may be experiencing distress; restrictions on paracetamol and aspirin pack sizes and improvements in warnings about the effect of overdose; increasing public awareness and understanding about mental illness; educating health and social care professionals about depression; audit of serious incidents and the dissemination of findings; and improving primary and secondary mental health services.