The charity Suicide Crisis has won a national award for its innovative Suicide Crisis Centre which is based in Cheltenham. It won the “Most Innovative Mental Health Intervention” award at the UK Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021, which took place last week. The charity provides a suicide crisis service for people across Gloucestershire.
The judges felt that the impact Suicide Crisis is having is “very clear” and they were impressed with the “commitment to helping people survive suicidal crisis”.
The judging panel included Directors from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as from the University of Southampton and leaders of mental health charities.
The CEO of Suicide Crisis accepted the award via video link. She paid tribute to the charity’s “strong and wonderful team, who are so dedicated.” She commented that the award was particularly meaningful at this time, because the team had continued to provide a face-to-face crisis service throughout the pandemic. She said: ”This award means so much to us all”.
The charity provides a combination of Suicide Crisis Centre, home visits and emergency phone lines for its clients.
Stephen Fry has said about the awards: “Mental health difficulties affect us all at some point so it’s wonderful to see awards that celebrate people who have an impact on people’s wellbeing.”
For more information about the Suicide Crisis Centre, please visit their website at http://www.suicidecrisis.co.uk.