The Martin Gallier Project is the only suicide prevention, intervention and postvention service in the North West of England. Our Suicide Intervention Workers provide crisis support through immediate suicide interventions on the high street with no barriers to access or waiting lists thus reducing the need for clinical interventions and hospital admissions. We are opening a second centre in the heart of Chester to continue our vision of preventing suicide, breaking the stigma and creating suicide safer communities. We have a building and we need your support to create the ideal non-clinical environment those affected by suicide deserve. This non-clinical setting will offer a range of services that promote wellbeing with an overall focus on suicide prevention. Our service breaks the cycle of revolving door mental health care by equipping clients with the skills to change the circumstances which triggered suicidal ideation in the first instance.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Preventing suicide Creating suicide safer communities. Reducing the need for clinical intervention and hospital admissions. To date The Martin Gallier Project have successfully delivered over 23,000 life saving suicide interventions in the community. These have been delivered from our Wirral office and we are confident that we can replicate this is Chester. Services are available to any individual over the age of 16 in a self-assessed suicidal crisis, individuals bereaved by suicide and those who are supporting a loved one through suicidal crisis. Individuals can self refer into the service, be referred by a professional or by a loved one (with consent). All referrals are contacted within 24 hours by a dedicated Suicide Intervention Worker. Clients can also walk in to the service to be seen immediately. ALL services are free. MGP also have an NHS subcontract for the Wirral which we hope to replicate in Cheshire. This initiative has seen a 81.75% decrease in reattendance at AED.
Steps to get it done:
The cost of living crisis has had a huge impact on the numbers of those considering suicide. It is a widely accepted fact that those facing financial difficulty are at a heightened risk of suicide. Around 90% of those presenting at The Martin Gallier Project with thoughts of suicide cite poor finances as a contributing factor. We know that those living in more deprived areas are more likely to attempt suicide. Whilst our Chester service will be open to any individual over the age of 16 we plan to provide further outreach to the most deprived areas within the district. MGP currently have a number of bids in with Grant making organisations to secure the sustainability of it's second site along with negotiations to replicate the NHS subcontract that it holds for Wirral Urgent Response Services. As you will see in our annual accounts MGP is also exceptional at fundraising and never relies solely on grant funding. MGP has also created several of it's own revenue streams inc training.
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Cheshire West and Chester Council