TomorrowProject logoThe Tomorrow Project is a proven, evidence-based suicide prevention initiative established in Nottinghamshire in 2012 in response to a number of local deaths to suicide. Suicide is not only a tragic loss, but it can also touch many people’s lives, it remains a socially taboo subject, but The Tomorrow Project is paving the way on challenging the stigma in this field.

The numbers of recorded suicides&/open verdicts in Nottingham City for 2012 was 21 deaths and 64 in Nottinghamshire. The estimated economic cost of each death by suicide is 1.67million and the rate of suicide is 3:1 male to female. However, the rate of suicides is increasing rapidly in young females. The wide-reaching impact of each suicide means that bereavement by suicide is not an uncommon experience. 4,882 people died by suicide in England in 2014 – one person every two hours of every day.

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.  Of those who die 70% are not in receipt of mental health services.

Following a call for proposals, EMAHSN has taken on the Tomorrow Project as part of our mental health programme, providing funding support for 18 months to 31 March 2018.

Our aim is to develop and deliver two new suicide care pathways, which will fill gaps in local provision across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire:
  1. A primary care suicide crisis service - this service is for people who are contemplating ending their life. They can self-refer and the Tomorrow Project team will see them in a community setting and provide people with timely access to services. This is intended to reduce the risk of suicide and promote emotional wellbeing
  2. A suicide bereavement service - this world-leading approach has been established in partnership with the police force so that when a death has unfortunately 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
These services offer specialised support outside of statutory and NHS services, but will work closely with other services to ensure people are safe and well.

Key impacts from this project will include people bereaved by suicide and those at risk of suicide, having access to:
  • a care pathway when there wasn’t one in existence before
  • early assessment of risk of suicide
  • the implementation of effective risk management strategies (safety plan)
  • reduction of risk of harm to self
  • early screening of mental health needs
  • appropriate support for emotional and mental health needs
  • improved emotional and psychological wellbeing
  • a compassionate, responsive, timely, accessible and effective service with the capacity to reduce distress and influence positive change
The project will be evaluated over its 18 month funding period.