Funding has been granted for a new support service for young people (aged 5-25) presenting vulnerable to suicidal thoughts or self-harming actions.
With suicide the biggest killer of young people in the UK and sadly suicide rates in Essex on the increase, the service will provide one-to-one specialist psychotherapy support for young people.
Sue Bell, Clinical Director and CEO at Kids Inspire, said; “Stay Alive is a carefully considered service to offer psychotherapeutic support to young people presenting vulnerable to suicidal thoughts or self-harming actions. The therapy will be long-term, followed up with mentoring.”
Stay Alive, alongside other Kids Inspire services, will act as a signpost for schools to refer young people to as the government introduces mental health awareness education.
Emma Dawson, Headteacher of Thundersley Primary School, said: “It is a sad fact that the number of children and young people presenting with issues such as anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts is on the increase. Mental health support in education is under mounting pressure due to increased need and less funding.
“This project from Kids Inspire is a welcome addition to the excellent service they already provide. Kids Inspire is the organisation we turn to when we have children with complex mental health needs because the support we receive is excellent.”
This was made possible thanks to the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who awarded Kids Inspire a grant of £14,300.