Letter: Local suicide prevention funding urgently needs renewing

"Samaritans has estimated that renewing this funding would only cost £1.40 per person"

Photo of two people holding hands. Credit: Yuri Arcurs

Dear Editors,

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

Our local organisations in Leicester 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 6 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,

Shilen Rajani

Resident, Leicester

When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch. 

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