Funding for suicide prevention could be cut in Sheffield

Suicide prevention funding for young people in Sheffield could be reduced.

A scrutiny committee heard today that they are at risk of reduced funding if they are not seen to be focusing on areas prioritised by NHS England.

Coun John Booker said: “I’ve had a couple of experiences with people who have committed suicide. These things never leave family and friends.”

“It’s a crying shame that we could lose somebody because of funding,” he added.

Bethan Plant, Health Improvement Principal of Sheffield City Council, said an assurance must be submitted to NHS England every six months to secure funding.

Sheffield’s Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health has passed every assurance process over the past two years.

However, Mrs Plant said: “We can’t be complacent and we need to make sure we are delivering and intending to improve, which is why we have a clear plan for the next 12 months.”

A Healthy Minds Framework will be rolled-out to all primary and secondary schools in Sheffield. This intends support mental health by working with Learn Sheffield to provide schools with information about best practice and support networks.

The transformation plan also created Door 43, a service providing a one stop shop for young people to access mental health services.

Sheffield is recognised as an area of best practice with high performance in improving young people’s mental health.