Last reviewed 10 May 2022
The Government has published details of the 113 charities that have benefitted from a voluntary, community and social enterprise grant fund to support people experiencing suicidal thoughts or approaching a crisis across 2021 to 2022.
Demand for services increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, and was being met by the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Revealed during Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place from 9 to 15 May, the Government announced that, following a competitive application process, 113 charities were awarded a share of the VCSE £5.4 million Suicide Prevent Fund, distributed and used earlier this year.
This enabled a wide range of organisations to set up new projects or expand or sustain current services, including the funding of projects retrospectively.
The Fund was targeted to help prevent suicide in high-risk groups, including people from black communities, men and people who are economically vulnerable. It supported services including workshops, additional capacity in crisis helplines, refreshing campaigns to target support to specific at-risk groups, therapy sessions and support for families who have been bereaved by suicide.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that in 2021 there were over 5000 suicides registered in England; in both men and women around 40% of suicides are by people in their 40s and 50s, whilst men aged 45 to 49 have the highest rate.
The DHSC said a Suicide Prevention Plan will be published later this year to outline further support for those in need.
Details of the charities who have been awarded funding are available at GOV.UK.