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Brighter Futures can announce that we have secured funding to launch a new self-harm and suicide prevention service.

The new service announcement coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September, a day which sees organisations around the world joining together to raise awareness around and working to help prevent suicide. In the UK there is one death by suicide every two hours.

Available to people over the age of 18, the new service will support people experiencing self-harm and/or thoughts of suicide to help them better manage their mental health.

Launching in early October, the £137,000 service will provide a range of support options to suit each person’s needs and to help them manage their wellbeing and reduce the need for emergency services.

According to figures reported, Stoke-on-Trent has a high number of hospital admissions for self-harm, with figures 88% higher than the national average. The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline, run by Brighter Futures, also supported 867 suicide related calls between 2018/19 – with a further 170 calls related to self-harm.

The new service will be a valuable addition to Brighter Futures already wide range of mental health services, such as the Clubhouse Network, Safe Spaces, Helpline and supported accommodation.

Brighter Futures Chief Executive, Helena Evans, comments: “We’re really pleased to launch this new service, we’ve been providing support across mental health, homelessness and supported accommodation for 45 years now and we know this will be a much-needed service to help people with mental ill health.

“Sadly, all too often people find themselves at A&E or at their GP when they have a mental health need. The new service aims to reduce demand on emergency services and other health providers.”

Roger Graham, Senior Commissioning Manager of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Staffordshire, says: “Staffordshire CCG are pleased that Brighter Futures’ bid for funding, which supports an initiative to address the challenge of self-harm and suicide, has been successful.

“Public Health England invited applications for this national programme, with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire receiving funding to provide a service within the area.

“Brighter Futures have an excellent track record of providing services in this area given their expertise delivering a self-harm support service for over 18 years and we look forward to seeing how they work with mental health services to provide appropriate support.

Brighter Futures is a leading provider in 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.

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