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10. Tomorrow Project 5"We receive 6-8 new requests for help a week and hear the most tragic of human stories. People are contacting us in a state of crisis, contemplating ending their lives and leaving their loved ones. We are now in a position to see them faster and be there by their side to help them through this time."

Caroline Harroe, CEO of The Tomorrow Project




What?


The Tomorrow Project was established to deliver services and support to people in distress and reduce suicide. It has developed 2 new suicide care pathways, which are being delivered in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Elements of the service includes:

Primary care suicide crisis pathway - seeking to reduce suicide risk and support people in crisis
suicide bereavement pathway - providing support for those bereaved by suicide and to reduce the risk of further suicides.

The bereavement service is an evidence based approach which has been established in partnership with the police, so that when a death has occurred there is an automated referral to the service so they can reach out to the bereaved within a matter of days and offer support.

Why?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds and the leading cause of death for men under 50. In 2015, there were 6,188 deaths in the UK – 17 each day. It remains a socially taboo subject, but The Tomorrow Project is paving the way on challenging the stigma in this field. With an estimated 1 in 20 people contemplating suicide every year, thoughts of suicide occur more often than we might like to believe. Suicide attempts are at least 40 times more common than deaths by suicide.

People bereaved by suicide are an overlooked group. These individuals are at an 80% increased chance of unemployment and a 1 in 10 chance of attempting suicide.

What’s the impact?

  • With EMAHSNs support the Tomorrow Project is delivering 2 new services in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • A total of 76 referrals were made through the crisis pathway and 51 through the bereavement pathway during 2016/17
  • Referrals have been from city, county and out of area, reflecting an increase month-on-month as well as highlighting the need for the service to be available on a broader geographical scale.
What's next?
  • Masterclasses are being planned to share learning and awareness
  • Discussions are taking place with Public Health England to further develop the initiative
  • EMAHSN will be seeking to sustain the crisis and bereavement pathways and ensure they are commissioned in Nottingham City and in Nottinghamshire