PMQs: Conservative MP fights back tears as he shares experience of suicide attempt

Elliot Colburn, the Conservative MP for Carshalton and Wallington, shared his experience of a suicide attempt at prime minister’s questions this afternoon.

Colburn told MPs: “February marks emotional health, boost your self-esteem and children’s mental health month. In recent years something like 6,500 people die in the UK each year due to suicide.

“In 2021 I was nearly one of them.

“Luckily my attempt failed, I was found by family members quickly, I received amazing care at St Helier and Springfield Hospitals, didn’t do any permanent damage and was well-looked after by the NHS in the months that followed.

“I want to take this chance to say thank you to everyone who saved me and sorry to my family and loved ones, who I put through such an awful ordeal.

“In that moment, I felt alone and scared, and like there was no way out, and that the world would be better off without me in it. is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here.