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Community and voluntary organisations in Portsmouth can bid for grants of up to £10,000 to deliver suicide prevention work with residents through a new fund announced this week.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)’s Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund aims to support innovative and community-based initiatives which embed suicide prevention and awareness within our communities.

The fund has been established to seed-fund local projects that target under-represented groups and those at highest risk of suicide and self-harm.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, said: “This funding provides much-needed financial support for organisations who are working daily with those affected by mental health. Suicide prevention work is so important, particularly at a time when people are struggling much more in the wake of the pandemic. I hope this fund will help local projects to work with those who are most vulnerable and in need of our support.”

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 14 September. Find out more and download the application form here.