Local Councillor welcomes launch of new suicide prevention fund

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Local Councillor Patrick Brown has welcomed the launch of a new Council operated funding stream of grants between £500-1000.

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The grants aim to tackle suicide and improve mental wellbeing in the District.



Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Brown said, “This grant is a direct outcome of a motion I brought to Council last year.

“I am delighted to see it officially launched after several delays, most recently due to COVID-19.

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“Given the higher rates of poor mental health and suicidal ideation as a result of COVID, it is imperative that the Council does all it can to respond to the mental health crisis and support people through it.

“Whilst small, this is a positive starting point that will provide funding to groups working to deliver projects aimed at Suicide Prevention and the promotion of positive Emotional Wellbeing.



“I am optimistic that if successful it can lead to further money being allocated through the financial assistance programme in the future,” he added.

The suicide prevention fund is part of the Council’s regular financial assistance programme and applications for it along with a range of other programmes can be submitted online via the Council’s grant manager portal.



Applications close on 30 September or whenever funding is fully allocated.


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