Mental Health Programme - July 2019

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Update from Jonathan O'Brien, Programme Director

We are delighted the Suicide Prevention Workstream, which is led by Public Health colleagues in Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and forms part of the Mental Health programme, has secured £300,000 from NHS England to support a suicide prevention programme.

The funding will help in providing a range of initiatives to support middle-aged men and people who self-harm. Men generally, and middle-aged men in particular, are often the most reluctant group to seek help when dealing with stress and mental ill health. Letting those problems build makes mental health crisis more likely, and suicide is one of the biggest killers of men in our society.

It will introduce a service to increase support for people attending hospital for deliberate self-harm who are at high risk of suicide, as well as patients visiting primary care settings, such as GP practices and pharmacies. It will also enable training to be offered for workplaces, alongside universal and clinical/specialist services to support early intervention in communities.

The Mental Health programme has a zero suicide ambition in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Our partners signed a zero suicide charter at the regional Together We’re Better Suicide Prevention Conference in Autumn 2018 and we are really pleased this new funding will help towards achieving that ambition.