Local organisations committed to promoting good mental health and reducing the numbers of people taking their own lives are being encouraged to bid for funding to help them in their work.
The grants are available to organisations based in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group area. They follow a successful bid by North Yorkshire County Council and partner organisations in the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for funding from NHS England.
The aim is to support a national initiative to reduce suicide rates in England by ten per cent by 2020-21. The funding will be used to build on the work already under way in North Yorkshire - through the locality Suicide Action Plans - to improve the access to, and quality of, mental health services in general to help to prevent suicides.
“Statistics show that, at some point in their lives, one in four people will experience mental health issues,” said County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health, Prevention and Supported Housing.
“In North Yorkshire, that’s around 150,000 people, or to put it another way, more than the populations of Harrogate and Scarborough combined.
“We can have good or poor mental health, just as we have varying physical health, and we can all experience changes in our mental wellbeing from time to time. This can be anxiety, stress or a more serious mental health condition.
“The new grant funding programme gives a clear message that the county council and its partners in the Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Sustainability and Transformation Partnership are positive about mental health.
“It will play an important part in the work that supports the aims and objectives of the North Yorkshire mental health strategy - called Hope, Control and Choice - and the mental health Crisis Care Concordat work that the county council is carrying out with its partners.”
Organisations will be able to bid for between £500 and £5,000 for funding up to the end of March 2019 and will focus on the development of a range of targeted support that strengthens and builds resilience and makes a positive contribution to one, or more, of the following:
- reducing stigma and discrimination;
- developing mentally healthy communities and workplaces;
- reducing loneliness and social and emotional isolation; and
- reducing suicides.