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Grants available to help prevent suicide in men

Groups across Teesside are being invited to apply for funding to help prevent suicide in men.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to community and voluntary groups across Teesside as part of national drive to cut suicide rates by 10% by 2020-21.

The funding is being made available by the Tees Suicide Prevention Taskforce on behalf of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton Councils.

The grants are aimed at helping voluntary and community organisations develop and implement community-based activities that will have a positive effect on the mental health and emotional well-being of local male residents aged 25 to 65.

Preference will be given to those projects that demonstrate innovative ways of engaging with men, especially those who are most vulnerable or isolated.

Examples of activities that help to improve mental health and emotional well-being include art classes, peer support groups, physical activity and volunteering groups.

Tees Suicide Prevention Coordinator Katie Bannister said: “Grass roots activities that support our communities can have a vital role in reducing suicides across our area

“These grants will help to develop the sort of local projects that really can change lives.”

  • The closing date for applications is Friday, January 25, with successful applicants notified no later than the end of February 2019.

For further information and advice on applying, email Katie Bannister at suicide_prevention_grassroots_community_funding@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 728361.