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Funding available for suicide prevention work


Funding for local organisations committed to promoting good mental health and reducing the numbers of people taking their own lives is available to help support the cost of the work that needs to be done.

Funds are available to organisations based in the Darlington and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group areas. This follows a successful bid by North Yorkshire County Council and partner organisations in the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for funding from NHS England.

The funding aims to support a national initiative to reduce suicide rates in England by 10% by 2020-21 and will be used to build on the work already underway in Darlington - through the locality Suicide Action Plans - to improve the access to, and quality of, mental health services in general to help to prevent suicides.

Statistics show that, at some point in their lives, one in four people will experience mental health issues. Our aim is to provide funding across the Darlington STP area to support an overall national 10% reduction in suicide rate by 2020/21. This should enhance existing work underway in the locality Suicide Action Plans to improve access and quality of mental health services and to prevent suicides more broadly in line with Public Health England Guidance.

The new grant funding programme will play an important part in the work that supports Darlington Suicide Prevention Group (DSP) in the delivery of the Darlington Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022.

Organisations are encouraged to bid for between £500 and £5,000 of funding to help focus on the development of a range of targeted support to strengthen and build resilience and make a positive contribution to one, or more, of the following: 

  • reducing stigma and discrimination
  • developing mentally healthy communities and workplaces
  • reducing loneliness and social and emotional isolation and
  • reducing suicides

To apply visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stronger-communities








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