Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund

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Previously, targeted funding from NHS England was made available to NHS Kernow and Public Health through the suicide prevention 3 year transformation programme. This is part of the commitment set out in the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) to reduce suicide rates and self-harm and support local work on suicide prevention.

Round 1 of the Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was launched in July 2020. Community-based organisations were invited to bid for up to £10,000 each, to support projects designed to prevent suicide and reduce self harm. 12 projects were supported for a year to creatively approach suicide prevention in the county.

Round 2 of the funding was launched in January 2022. 13 projects were awarded funding of up to £25,000. This funding was to complete a 12 month project for innovative self-harm and suicide prevention projects in community settings.

Peer Mentors

We invited 3 project leads from the Round 1 projects (Fairwinds Fishing and Farming, Make it Better Smartphone Photography, Chaos Men Outside) to become Peer Mentors to this year’s projects. Their role is to:
  • Provide support, encouragement and advice to SPIF22 projects
  • Share information and resources
  • Learn and understand the projects and build a relationship with the project leads
  • Meet with the project leads (either face to face or in person, in a group or as individuals)
  • Facilitate workshops/drop in sessions
  • Meet with other peer mentors to share information
  • Support the facilitation of network working between projects and progress towards the wider strategic objectives

Round 2 funded projects

The following projects have benefited from Round 2 of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund. This supported innovative community-based projects to help reduce the numbers of people taking their own lives.

Preventing suicides of young and middle-aged men in our community.

Contact name: Nigel Lynch

Suicide Prevention specialist community connector – for young people and their families

Contact name: Katy Hutchinson

Supporting young people and young people with autism with their mental health through engaging in outdoor skills, gardening and youthwork.

Contact name: Charlotte Brasier

Mind Wellbeing and Prevention Groups focusing on recovery, resilience and self-care.

Contact name: Paul Reeve
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Community peer supporters and young leaders with lived experience of mental health issues support for young people to reduce the risk of self-harm or suicide.

Contact name: Emma Wooderson

Improving the mental health and wellbeing of rural LGBTQ+ communities.

Contact name: Matthew Kenworthy Gomes

Access to Justice with Emotional Support and Advocacy to Suicide Prevention.

Contact name: Joanne Duncan

Early identification and intervention for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence with suicide risk.

Contact name: Lyn Gooding

Young People’s Mental Well-being Programme x 3 groups; Emotional Resilience, Sharma (for young women who self-harm) and LGBTQ+ groups

Contact name: Stephen Potts, Jacqueline Hart (project Manager), Michelle Le Froy (Deputy Manager)
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Menopause Muse – supporting mental health through menopause education in Cornwall.

Contact name: Helen Tite

MASA Men Against Sexual Abuse. Suicide Protection Counselling Support therapies.

Contact name: Paul Philp

St Petrocs' Freshfield Service: preventing suicide and self-harm in people experiencing homelessness throughout Cornwall.

Contact name: Lois Wild

YPTP – young people transition project. To support young people with multiple vulnerabilities and unmet MH needs aged 15-18 who have transitioned from secondary to further education.

Contact name: Cami Smith and Kate Sidwell
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