Mental health charity to end its service in 1066 Country

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A CHARITY which offers support to people affected by suicide and mental health problems, has had to end its service in 1066 Country after running out of money.

Rethink Mental Illness said its East Coastal Survivors of Suicide (SOS) service finished on Friday, April 1.

It was given £483,701 in 2007 from the Big Lottery Fund to run over four years but the cash has now run out.

The service, based in Trinity Street, covered the Hastings and Eastbourne area, and offered short-term community support to families of those who have committed or attempted suicide.

Martin Sissons, regional manager for London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex said:

“We are always sad to see a project close but in the current economic climate funding is an issue. We would like to thank all of the staff and services users for their ongoing support of this service.

“We have also tried to retain staff in alternative projects wherever possible as we truly value their commitment to the organisation.”

The charity is currently undergoing a consultation period with affected staff.

A spokesman for the charity said there were five staff who oversaw the service and they will not be losing their jobs, but redeployed to different posts within the organisation.

For information about mental health services and rights and alternatives to SOS East Coastal call Rethink’s advice and information service on 0845 456 0455, which is available Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm, or visit www.rethink.org.