Community initiatives including mental health first aid training for barbers, and counselling for bereaved relatives, are set to benefit from a £10 million funding boost.
A dedicated support package has been provided to local NHS, public health teams and voluntary organisations across England to strengthen suicide prevention plans and provide practical and emotional support to friends and family who have lost a loved one to suicide.
The funding will be used to set up tailored projects to care for people in high-risk and vulnerable groups such as those who self-harm, middle-aged men and hospital patients with mental health illnesses.
The majority of the money – £8 million – has been allocated to bolster suicide prevention initiatives across 30 local areas, including 15 new projects, during the 2020/21 financial year. The remainder is earmarked to provide bereavement support for people after a relative or friend’s suicide.
Support will range from one-to-one sessions with trained volunteers or counsellors, group support or signposting to specialist mental health services.