Prisons: Suicides - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 3:18 pm ar 31 Ionawr 2024.

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Photo of Lord Harries of Pentregarth Lord Harries of Pentregarth Crossbench 3:18, 31 Ionawr 2024

I thank the Minister for his reply. In the 12 months to last September, there were 93 deaths by suicide in prison, an increase of 22% on the previous year. This is paralleled by the huge increase in self-harming in prison, which is at 10 times the rate of the wider community. One of the factors in this is of course the extent of mental health problems among prisoners—nine out of 10—and the slowness with which they are referred to the appropriate medical services. What steps have the Government taken to speed up the process whereby those with mental health problems are pointed in the direction of those who can offer them help, so that they do not spend so long in isolation in segregated units?