Derwentside Mind

We are a small local mental health charity working in Derwentside & Chester-Le-Street area for adults 18 – 65. We provide 1:1 Talking Therapies, Social Access Groups, Walking for Health, Arts & Crafts, Wellbeing Courses, Skill Share Wednesdays, Info & Advice, Signposting and a Rapid Response Suicide Prevention Service.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

We have a Rapid Response Suicide Prevention Service which covers County Durham & Darlington. We run this in partnership with Local NHS Crisis teams, Darlington & Hartlepool Mind. We also have Counselling services available both voluntary & private, and we signpost to other organisations.

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What are your current priorities?

Our current priorities include:

– Getting waiting lists down

– Supporting as many people as possible within the restraints of funding and time

– We want to offer counselling to bereaved by suicide for family & friends in our remit area

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What challenges are you currently facing?

Funding and waiting lists are our current challenges.

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