Date published: 8 August 2023

Public Health Liverpool and the Safe from Suicide Team at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have awarded £150k of funding to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help reduce suicide rates across the Liverpool City Council area.

The aim of this micro-commissioning programme was to encourage VCSE organisations to develop activities, initiatives and partnerships across communities to support the health and wellbeing of Liverpool residents.

The allocated funding will focus on key areas:

  1. Domestic Abuse
  2. Long Term Conditions / Physical Health
  3. Substance Misuse
  4. Students
  5. Females
  6. Cost of living

We are pleased to confirm the successful organisations were:

Below you will find details of each organisation offer, and how to access their service.

All of these services are available for residents who live within the Liverpool City Council area, and meet our criteria for improving and maintaining good health and wellbeing to help reduce suicide rates.

First person.pngThe FundaMENTALLY Healthly Project has been set up by First Person project to support anyone in Liverpool who has been affected by substance misuse, or the cost of living crisis. They especially want to support students and females. They offer a mental health learning package and there is also the opportunity to become a Mental Health First Aider.

For more information, contact: Matty Caine 

RAge.pngThe Rage Fitness Wellbeing project has been set up to support anyone in Liverpool who has been affected by substance misuse, poor physical health, or a long-term condition. They especially want to hear from students, females, and people suffering from domestic abuse. This project will meet the needs of the local population by providing physical health services as well as emotional wellbeing services that target inactivity, low self-worth, low mood and social isolation. Craig and his team will be delivering weekly health and wellbeing programmes in the Lifestyles Ellergreen.

For more information, contact

Blackburne.pngThe Wellness Team at Blackburne House are delivering a series of programmes where you will learn new skills and techniques to support your wellbeing. Each group is facilitated by a qualified counsellor and Mindfulness practitioner who will support and guide you through your journey.

The Inspire Programme covers the following subjects:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Pain management
  • Long Covid
  • ACT techniques (acceptance and commitment therapy) which is a proven way to support chronic pain and illness.
  • How the brain works and skills to help you cope
  • Techniques to manage repetitive negative thinking including Mindfulness acceptance techniques
  • Understanding the choices we have and can make when reacting to different situations we find difficult  
  • Looking at the obstacles to overcome and focusing on what you have control of

All Inspire programmes will run for an hour and a half, once a week over an eight-week period. To be eligible, they are looking for women only who are 18 years of age or older, who live in the Liverpool City Region. If you are interested in any of the above, contact:

everton.pngEverton Cares project has been set up to support anyone in Liverpool who has been affected by poor physical health, a long-term condition or the cost of living crisis. We especially want to hear from females.

This is a community-based intervention, consisting of weekly two-hour workshops over a 12-week period. Each two-hour session is split between an education and physical activity component.

To register your interest, refer an individual or gain any further information, please contact Amy Vicars, EitC Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, via email  or call 07966 197149   

Comics.pngTurn the page project has been set up to support students with long term conditions in Liverpool.

The project will provide sessions to create autobiographical narrative comics through the delivery of one-to-one digital or face to face sessions depending on access needs (1hr-1.5hr).  Participants will receive 6-8 weeks of targeted support by using the power of comics as a tool for inner self-expression, which will slowly be transitioned into resilience building.

Zinester cohorts’, delivered in one of three inclusive mental health hubs across Liverpool. These cohorts will include issue-based workshops and seek to support participants to develop zines and comics about subjects such as reducing isolation, manging anxiety, and demystifying stigma relating to their lived experiences.

Referrals can be made at Practitioner Referral — Comics Youth CIC

Merseyside youth.pngRAISE Mental Health Promotion project is available to support students from across Liverpool. MYA will train up 300 wellbeing ambassadors from universities and Further Education settings across the city, who will each receive workshops on suicide awareness and prevention tools, that will be adapted to make it student specific. MYA will train each ambassador in a train the trainer model in our serious suicide awareness training.

To register your place visit their website.

Sanctuary Stabilising Lives project will provide support and accept referrals for substance misusers and family members, who may be at risk of suicide. For more information please call 0151 735 0747