Veterans: Suicide

(asked on 3rd February 2020) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of recording veteran suicides on improving the provision of support to at-risk veterans.


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Johnny Mercer Portrait
Johnny Mercer
This question was answered on 3rd February 2020

I am always sorry to learn of veterans taking their own lives and I am willing to meet widows with the aim of better understanding the circumstances that lead to suicide to facilitate better targeted interventions and how we can prevent further losses. Suicide is a complicated issue and a tragedy for the families and friends left behind.

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