Suicide Prevention Capacity Builder Project

We are pleased to announce that The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commissioned Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) as part of the Suicide Prevention Grant Fund 2023-2025.

What is the Suicide Prevention Capacity Builder project?

This one-year project started in April 2024 and aims to:

  • Use our STOP Suicide campaign, workshops and resources and adapt and bespoke them for three high-risk groups: LGBTQ+, Neurodiverse and migrated communities.
  • Build partner organisational confidence in suicide prevention policies, procedures, and training.
  • To produce focused campaigns to support the work, increasing the awareness of mental health, crisis, and self-help services.

Co-production is at the heart of our approach. We have partnered with The Kite Trust (LGBTQ+), Safe Soulmates (Neurodivergent) and The Boston Wellbeing Hub (Migrated communities) to understand, learn, and adapt the resources that currently exist.

Alongside working with partners, we have employed a manager, three project workers and a campaign lead to work collaboratively with the partners and wider Suicide Prevention teams to ensure that the project is as far reaching and impactful as possible.

The Project workers will each be co-located to one of the partner organisations, to embed themselves within the communities, building trust and knowledge that will be fed back to the entire team. Suicide Prevention knowledge and skills across the partner organisations will look at policies and procedures, focused not only on the individuals they work with, but to educate and train colleagues to support one another, too.

Lisa Gibson, Deputy Head of Services at CPSL Mind, said, “We are working at pace with our partner organisations to develop a set of resources that will be of real value to people who are finding life extremely difficult.

“Suicide tragically occurs across the breadth of society, this project seeks to listen to those who may be at greater risk, to work with them so that our Stop Suicide resources and sessions are relevant and addressing specific challenges.

“We are delighted to be working with our partner organisations and love the passion this team have to make a difference.”

It is a fantastic opportunity to understand how suicide prevention campaigns, resources and workshops can be considered in a completely new way that is not heteronormative or neurotypical and is inclusive of different backgrounds.

Pip Gardner, The Kite Trust CEO, said, “We are delighted that CPSL Mind has been awarded funding to further develop their suicide prevention work locally and that they will be partnering with us at The Kite Trust on a strand of the project supporting our LGBTQ+ community across the county!”

For updates and to hear more about the project register your interest here and follow @stopsuicidecam.