It must become a legal task of the government to prevent suicide.

The ChristenUnie wants to have that recorded in a law.

The party will submit a bill on Saturday together with the PvdA, CDA, GroenLinks, SP, SGP and 50PLUS.

These parties together do not have a majority in the Lower House, but according to the ChristenUnie the private member's bill also receives support from D66, which does create a majority.

The parties want to make suicide prevention a duty for the national and local government and lay this down in the Public Health Act (WPG).

This means that the Minister of Health must draw up a research program, a policy agenda and a communication plan.

A free helpline is also arranged here, according to the ChristenUnie.

The smallest coalition party in the current cabinet provided the State Secretary for Health, Paul Blokhuis, who was responsible for suicide prevention.

'No longer allowed to accept suicide'

"More than 1800 people a year are so distraught that they see no other way than suicide. Every year, more than 250,000 people are confronted with someone from their family or circle of friends who has killed themselves. That is very terrible," says ChristenUnie. Member of Parliament Joël Voordewind.

Free, accessible help is literally of vital importance, he says.

"Good help prevents so much suffering. For the people who think about suicide, first and foremost, but also for the next of kin, care providers and other parties involved."

According to Monique Kavelaars, Chairman of the Board of Directors 113 Suicide Prevention, the political parties that are now coming up with a bill show "that we no longer accept suicide without hesitation".

The House of Representatives will consider the bill after the elections on 17 March.

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