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Derbyshire receives funding to support people bereaved by suicide

Published: 19 December 2019

Derbyshire is one of 10 areas set to receive NHS funding to help support people bereaved by suicide.

The 10 areas across the UK are set to share in over a million pounds worth of funding and support can range from one-to-one sessions with trained volunteers or counsellors as well as signposting to specialist mental health services.

Derbyshire is set to get £71,000 and this will be used for immediate and longer term support.

Immediate support for bereaved people will be delivered by suicide prevention charity Harmless via The Tomorrow Project while Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) will provide longer term support for anyone bereaved by suicide.

We are leading on the work on behalf of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said:

“We’re working with partners including Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT, Derbyshire coroner’s service and Derbyshire police to develop a joined-up offer of support for people in Derbyshire.

“This support can be accessed at any point following bereavement by suicide and builds on the work already taking place in Derbyshire around suicide prevention."

Statistics show that 9% of people affected by suicide will also attempt to take their own life, while 8% will drop out of work.

The tailored help will be implemented in every region across the country by 2023/24, as part of a commitment set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Ifti Majid, chief executive of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who leads Joined Up Care - Derbyshire’s Mental Health Delivery Group, said:

“The suicide of a loved one can affect an individual in a host of different and complex ways and it is not always easy for that person’s neighbours, colleagues or friends to know what to say or do.

“This additional support will help those bereaved by suicide to properly explore their grief and, in time, begin the healing process. It is a very welcome addition to the efforts being made across Derbyshire to address and prevent suicide and self-harm.”

The total amount being allocated this year across 10 areas is £1,082,000.

National mental health spend reached £12.5 billion last year with the NHS Long Term Plan committing an extra £2.3 billion every year over the next 5 years to transform mental health care.