This Christmas, we will reach more people than ever before and with our Visitor Support Team, we will ensure that each person is contacted within 24 hours and offered a first appointment within a week. We want to raise £57,500 to fully cover the salary of two Visitor Support Coordinators for a year. This will enable us to support over 5000 people who feel that life is no longer worth living in 2022. It will ensure that everyone referred to our service is seen quickly and offered a compassionate response to their distress.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164739)
We are addressing a huge gap in support for those who feel suicidal. In 2019, an average of 18 people killed themselves every day in the UK. The suicide rate reached its highest in two decades. Though the figures for 2020 have not yet been released, there is widespread reporting of increases in suicidal feelings and an expectation that the rate will rise. Long waiting lists, quick discharge times and inappropriate support means that the UK does not have a system that effectively prevents suicide.
The Listening Place provides face-to-face, 100% confidential, ongoing support for those who feel suicidal. All our support is delivered by highly-trained volunteers supported by an advisory team of high-ranking mental health professionals. Our service is unique and tailored to the needs of the suicidal. After accepting 9 referrals in our first month of operation five years ago, we now accept more than 500. We have 126 partners referring individuals to us, 65% of them are from the NHS. We also have robust evidence that our intervention is effective and our latest evaluation showed that after an average of 4.5 months, visitors experienced: 1. highly significant decreases in suicidal feelings 2. highly significant increases in feelings of support TLP, therefore, provides a viable alternative to the current system of support and its timely, compassionate response is saving lives and easing pressure on the NHS.
Without TLP I would not be here today.
The best place I have come across to help me. It's a lifeline.
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