Monday 7 October saw the launch of Brighter Futures new suicide and self-harm prevention service, Self-Harm Support and Recovery.
Self-Harm Support and Recovery, able to support around 130 people each year, has started on the same week as World Mental Health Day 2019 on Thursday 10 October – with the theme this year being suicide prevention.
The new Brighter Futures service is available to anyone over the age of 18 in Staffordshire living with suicidal and/or self-harm related thoughts.
According to figures reported by the Mental Health Foundation, there were 6,507 deaths by suicide in the UK alone. 1 in 15 people, 7.3% of the population, are said to have experienced self-harm at some point in their lives.
Sharon Godwin, from Brighter Futures, comments: “We’re pleased that our Self-Harm Support and Recovery is now taking referrals.
“With our input, we’re hoping that people will be able to better manage their mental health and wellbeing.
“All support will be tailored to people’s needs and might include: one-to-one support, relaxation and distraction techniques, and a recovery plan through a dedicated support worker. We also offer telephone support for people who need it.
“We’ve had great success through our Clubhouse Network in Stoke-on-Trent, which had almost 23,000 visits last year, and hopefully this service can be replicated further across Staffordshire.
“Brighter Futures provides support across mental health, homelessness and supported accommodation, and we know this will be a much-needed service to help people with mental ill-health. All referrals can be made through the mental health access team.
The new service adds to Brighter Futures’ already wide range of mental health services, such as the Clubhouse Network, Safe Spaces, Helpline and supported accommodation.
Brighter Futures is a leading provider in the West Midlands of expert and professional help, providing support and accommodation for people living with multiple and complex needs.
For more information on Brighter Futures services, visit www.brighter-futures.org.uk.