Pioneering new Wirral Project for Families affected by Suicide
The project is a partnership between Listening Ears Amparo Service, BAFTA nominated Angela Samata and Wirral Connect, providing one to one mentoring support for people who have been bereaved by suicide.
This mentoring project is innovative and being piloted on the Wirral, funded through the Your Wirral grant scheme aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by suicide. Mentors meet individuals / families in community venues and provide listening ear support alongside personalised signposting and goal setting.
The Wirral region is the first in the country to be piloting this project, providing support to a group that is often highly socially isolated and three times more at risk for a recurrent suicide.
The first cohort of mentorshave just successfully completed their accredited training course and will soon be providing one to one mentoring services for both individuals and families on the Wirral. They have each completed a Level II Accredited Award in Mentoring and the majority have been personally affected by suicide themselves.
Paul Growney CEO of Wirral Connect stated ‘It is shocking how many people have actually been affected by suicide within the region; the impact of a suicide often has massively detrimental affects on individuals, families and communities. This service empowers members of the community to mentor others and provide one to one support at a time when individuals need it the most’
Our first group of graduates have just completed their Accredited Level II Award in Peer Mentoring in June.
Congratulations to you all.
If you personally have been affected by suicide and would like to know more about the support available please contact Wirral Connect on 0151 647 5432.