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Letter to Editor: Local suicide prevention funding urgently needs renewing

Health / Tue 5th Mar 2024 at 01:38pm

Dear Editor,

I AM writing to you about the worrying loss of suicide-prevention funding in Harlow and the desperate need for it to be renewed in the upcoming Spring budget.

Our local organisations in Harlow that run initiatives to reduce lives lost to suicide in our community already survive with very little investment behind them. With the local suicide prevention funding they’ve relied on coming to an end in March, they may be forced to significantly scale back or completely stop these life-saving services.

Samaritans has estimated that renewing this funding would only cost £1.40 per person – as little as the price of a loaf of bread. Surely that’s something the Government can commit to on 6th March, if it can help save lives?  

I urge readers to take any action they can to save this local funding, so that we’re doing all we can to prevent suicide in the local area. 

Yours faithfully,

Eve Brennan

Harlow resident

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1 Comment for Letter to Editor: Local suicide prevention funding urgently needs renewing:

David Forman
2024-03-08 13:03:31

A sad reflection on mental health being the Cinderella service of the NHS and public health planning. Even sadder is that suicide affects so many young people and armed services personnel, especially those with PTSD. One sad case happened last year, which shows the Government likes to talk a good job on Army Veterans but fails them: https://www.itv.com/news/2023-04-26/widow-says-army-failed-soldier-with-ptsd-who-took-his-own-life

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