The Kaleidoscope Plus Group wrote 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 of the funding bid was to to support a national initiative to reduce suicide rates in England by 10% by 2020-21. The funding will be used to build on the work already underway in North Yorkshire and Darlington – 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.
The new grant funding programme will play an important part in the work that supports the aims and objectives of both the North Yorkshire mental health strategy – called Hope, Control and Choice – and the mental health Crisis Care Concordat work that NYCC is carrying out with its partners. In Darlington it will support the work of Darlington Suicide Prevention Group (DSP) in the delivery of the Darlington Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2022.
We were successful in gaining a grant of £4160 to deliver two Mental Health First Aid Courses in the Hambleton and Richmondshire area of North Yorkshire, for delegates who had a link to the agricultural sector in these areas.
This money will be able to train 32 delegates, and from our own training evidence, each delegate that has been on a course supports at least two people using the framework provided within the course. Therefore, this means that we hope that at least 64 people will be supported through mental health distress/crisis.