Last reviewed 30 November 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a £5 million fund to support the to support suicide prevention services.

The funding will focus on helping high-risk groups who have struggled most during the Covid-19 pandemic, including children and young people and those with pre-existing mental health conditions.

The support will also be aimed at NHS and social care staff who have worked through extreme pressures over the last 18 months, and people in contact with the criminal justice system.

The grant fund includes £4 million to support suicide prevention voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across 2021 to 2022. It is expected that the additional resource will enable the organisations to either set up new projects or expand or sustain current services.

£200,000 of the grant funding will be ring-fenced specifically to help support small community-led and user-led groups and organisations, which are responding to local needs.

The remaining £1 million of the funding is being allocated to support existing and ongoing voluntary sector suicide prevention programmes.

This funding is in addition to £10.2 million already given to mental health charities over the course of the pandemic. More widely, the Mental Health Recovery Action Plan, funded with £500 million, aims to ensure the right support is being offered to people with a variety of mental health conditions who have been impacted most by the pandemic.

The application portal for the grant fund will be open from 2 December to 6 January 2022, and is being administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of the DHSC.

More information is available here.