The Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have announced funding of £25 million to support a new three-year programme on suicide prevention in England.
The funding has been allocated to eight sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) with a high-level of need, and will include targeted prevention campaigns for men, psychological support for people with financial difficulties, better care after discharge, and improved self-harm services for all ages.
With input from people who have been impacted by suicide and those with national expertise, including the Samaritans, the areas selected to receive funding this year are:
- Kent and Medway
- Lancashire and South Cumbria
- Norfolk and Waveney
- South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
- Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- Coventry and Warwickshire
- Durham, Darlington, Teesside, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby
The funding forms part of the Government’s commitment to reduce suicides in England by 10 per cent by 2021 and will support the ‘zero suicide’ ambition for mental health inpatients announced by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt in January of this year.
Commenting on the funding announcement, Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health, said: “Every single suicide is a tragedy, which is why this funding is so vital. Working with the Samaritans and others in high-risk areas, we will make sure people get the care they need as early as possible, because that is what saves lives. All local areas are developing suicide prevention plans and this work will support our ‘zero suicide’ ambition in mental health inpatient units.”