Updated: Sep 9
The PFC Trust has ring-fenced £10,000 to contribute to the work currently supporting the town’s wellbeing and mental health, in aid of World Suicide Prevention Day
The Samaritans recently recorded that the North-East has the highest suicide rate in the country, which could rise due to the cost of living crisis.
Building on the work completed by the Trust’s Young Person’s Social Prescribing Link Worker Amelia Turner and Hartlepool Sport CIC, the money will support the efforts of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sectors. Working with local partners including the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV) and the Borough Council, the £10,000 will add capacity to existing organisations and can support those who are moving into Hartlepool and the surrounding area.
Shaun Hope, PFC Trust chairman said: “Suicide Prevention Day, on September 10th is a hugely important day and particularly important for Hartlepool. We’ve seen a rise in the number of suicides across our town over the recent months and we are all saddened about every single life which is lost.
“We at The PFC Trust want to do everything we can to support the work for our suicide prevention. We know there are experts in the field working across the town, so we have ring-fenced £10,000 to support their efforts and our team is working across different partners to see how we can support their work with the funding.”
The PFC Trust’s Carl Jorgeson, of the sport-arm of the trust Hartlepool Sport, is also a voluntary sector representative for the TEWV Community Transformation working group and has helped to manage the Young Person’s Social Prescriber. His work has provided an overview of the work happening on the ground around Hartlepool and highlighted any gaps in existing provisions which the new funding can help to repair.
Carl said: “World Suicide Prevention day is really important because it puts a spotlight on a taboo subject that could affect anyone.
“Any life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Often people who have suicidal thoughts, and those who do take their own life don't have a mental health condition. It's a response to losing a job, financial hardship or being investigated for some offences.
“Simply put, suicide is preventable, it's not inevitable and practical and low-cost steps such as having a simple 'safety plan' in place can help avoid people hurting themselves. There are support services that can help with the root cause issues of feeling suicidal.”
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