Suicide Prevention Fund 2021 to 2022

Deadline 5pm on 16th January 2022.

The government has launched a £5 million fund to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector on suicide prevention services.

The VCSE saw an increase in the number of individuals seeking support – with some services seeing up to 20% more contacts over the last year, compared to previous years. Recognising the increased pressures, £4 million of the fund opened to VCSE organisations to support suicide prevention on Thursday 2nd December.

The focus will be targeting high-risk groups who have struggled most during the pandemic, such as people with a pre-existing mental illness, children and young people, NHS and social care staff who’ve faced enormous pressure over the last 18 months, and people in contact with the criminal justice system.

The funding will provide organisations with additional resource that will enable them to either set up new projects or expand or sustain current services to ensure people are supported.

The other £1 million of the funding has been set aside to support existing and ongoing voluntary sector suicide prevention programmes.

The application portal for the grant is https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-fund-2021-to-2022. Further details of the fund, eligibility criteria and application process is available via the link above