NENC Suicide Prevention Network Website Launch

As the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network we are working to ensure everything possible is done to get support and information to help people stay safe and well, and to manage their mental health and wellbeing. This is especially important during this incredibly difficult and stressful time.

The need to focus on the general mental health and wellbeing of the wider population, following the national Public Health England ‘Every Mind Matters’ programme, is already recognised as a public health priority. The aim of the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network – ‘Every Life Matters’ - is to do everything possible to stop us losing any life to suicide and complements the wider public health approach.

The Suicide Prevention Network is especially focused on people in our communities who are more at risk and already struggling, and for whom the current situation poses a potential increased risk. People who are vulnerable and finding social isolation even more difficult may be feeling there is less support available, so we are working together to make sure people are aware of and can easily access the support they need to stay mentally safe and well. Making good information easily accessible to people is a key objective of the Network and is especially important at this time.

As part of our varied approach to this, we have launched our new Suicide Prevention Network website, covering the whole North East and North Cumbria area. The website will provide a new community resource for people seeking help and advice about suicide and mental wellbeing, guidance for those who have sadly been bereaved by suicide, and signposting to a library of professional resources for those working in suicide prevention.

Our online presence is supported by our social media accounts, sharing key messages and making new connections on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Every Life Matters – Suicide Prevention is everyone’s business

Reminder of our Network aims:

  • Promote wellbeing and resilience.

  • Reduce the number of suicides, including in high-risk groups, across the ICS.

  • Reduce the incidence of self-harm and repeated self-harm.

  • Reduce the impact of self-harm and suicide.

  • Reduce the stigma of self-harm and suicide.

Katherine McGleenan – NE&NC ICS Suicide Prevention Lead

Jenny Hicken – Network Delivery Lead

From Peter Hindle forwarded from Northumbria Police:

For two million victims of domestic abuse, home may not be the safe place it should be.


We can help support you if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can contact Northumbria Police by telephone on 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you dial 999 and are unable to speak, the emergency operator will ask you to dial 55 and to follow their instructions to quickly put you in touch with police.

You can also get information and report incidents online via our website
There is also a wide range of support services that we work closely with to support victims of domestic abuse. These services are available across our force area and offer fantastic support to victims in need of advice and information : Northumberland     01670 820199

DASN – Domestic Abuse Service Northumberland      


Newcastle    0191 214 6501

NIDAS - Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service




We have had an appeal for wash bags for hospital patients. This is something we can all help with. Please try to collect the following items:-

A clear plastic bag to hold the basic essentials of soap, wash cloth, tooth brush and tooth paste, plastic comb, small packet of paper tissues. This covers both men and women, the only extra for men would be packs of 5 or 10 PLASTIC DISPOSABLE RAZORS. Little extras like lip balm and shower gel are also appreciated. Also wrapped chocolates and biscuits for the staff, this prevents handling open products. Staff appreciate the little treats that help them through their day.

If you are able to do this please contact Rosemary Gray and she will arrange collection either of items or completed wash bags and onward delivery to the hospitals in need. Many thanks.  Rosemary Gray  01661 822493