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Channel 5 News Special on Missing People

As chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, I was invited onto Channel 5 news to talk about people who go missing. (watch below)

The APPG recently held it’s Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues’ you can read here.

Sadly, there are about 126,000 incidents of adults going missing annually. Up to 600 missing people a year are found dead: the most commonly known cause being suicide.  80 per cent of adults who go missing are experiencing mental health problems and up to one third go missing again.

Going missing should be a ‘red flag moment’ which ought to trigger help, we need better initial risk assessment and long term support for people who are at risk of going missing.

New law to help families of missing to be enacted after delays

A long-awaited law to help relatives of missing people is to be finally enacted in July next year after a long delay.

Ann Coffey, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children, who has been campaigning for eight years for a law that would allow families to look after their missing loved ones financial and legal affairs, said that the start date could not come a moment too soon.

She said the law was desperately needed as an estimated 2,500 families are currently struggling to sort out their relatives’ bills, mortgage payments and other red tape.

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Deaths of missing people could be prevented

Thursday July 19 2018

Hundreds of lives are being put at risk each year because adults with mental health problems are ‘found and forgotten’ after going missing, according to a Parliamentary Inquiry.  

Ann Coffey – head of the ‘Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues’ by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults – said that going missing should be a ‘red flag moment’ which ought to trigger help.

But instead tens of thousands of adults nationally are left alone and isolated with no support on their return home.

There are about 126,000 incidents of adults going missing annually. Up to 600 missing people a year are found dead: the most commonly known cause being suicide.

The inquiry heard that about 80 per cent of adults who go missing are experiencing mental health problems and up to one third go missing again.

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