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Suicide prevention services ‘deteriorating’ due to cuts, Samaritans warns

The charity’s chief executive told MPs resources are being overstretched

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Cuts to the health budget are resulting in suicide prevention and support services deteriorating or being shut down across Britain, the charity Samaritans has warned.

In evidence to MPs, the UK’s leading suicide prevention charity said that its local branches were having meetings cancelled because of a lack of resources, with the situation worsening from even 2014.

Ruth Sutherland, the charity’s chief executive, told the Commons Health Committee on Tuesday that a recent £25m cash injection for mental health services was “too little too late” and “not commensurate with the cost” or benefit of preventing suicides.

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