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Working together across Coventry and Warwickshire to prevent suicide.

Support is available for people affected by suicide in Coventry and Warwickshire.

This Suicide Prevention Day (10 September), organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire want to raise awareness of the local and national services and support available, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which has impacted the mental health of so many.

Three years ago, with rates of suicide increasing in our area, Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership (HCP) found itself in the unique position of being able to make a difference to those in crisis or who were considering taking their own life.

Successfully securing suicide prevention funding from NHS England and Public Health England in May 2018, a three-year programme of work began including a focus on middle-aged men whose rates of suicide had been increasing. The programme, led by a multi-agency group, included suicide prevention leads from health, social care, primary care, and voluntary and community sector organisations.

An event highlighting the projects that came out of this funding and looking at ways in which partners can work together to reduce suicides in the area, was held earlier this week.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day and to raise awareness of the local services and support available around mental health, a stand will be near the Ropewalk Shopping Centre in Nuneaton between 1pm and 3pm on Friday 10th September. Anyone can pop along and have a chat with one of the representatives from local support organisations.

Despite the three-year suicide prevention programme coming to an end, suicide prevention and mental health is still an ongoing priority for partners and support is still available and continuing to be developed for people in the area.

A new, free service jointly funded by Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, called Amparo, has just been launched across Coventry and Warwickshire, providing support to those who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. Amparo can support anyone who has been affected, whether this is family members, friends, ‘finders’, work colleagues and anyone else affected by a suicide, and can be accessed by calling 0330 088 9255, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through an online referral form available at https://amparo.org.uk/refer/

To read full article by Warwickshire County Council click here

Original article was published by Warwickshire County Council on 8th September 2021. 

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