Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention

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A life-changing opportunity 

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers a grant for you to spend up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship with us to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

“Having the opportunity, as a Churchill Fellow, to travel to Australia & New Zealand and meet internationally-recognised experts who advise the World Health Organisation, was a tremendous privilege and inspired me to put what I learned into practice to improve services at home for people bereaved by suicide." - Anne Embury (2014 Fellow investigating postvention suicide services)

What we offer

Meet the 2020 Fellows in this category

This award category

We are seeking applications for projects related to preventing suicide and self-harm or supporting those bereaved by suicide. We are keen to support initiatives to provide safe spaces, listening opportunities and practical support in all settings.

This includes projects relating to community-led and non-clinical initiatives, and those delivered by a range of providers, including and beyond the mental health sector.

This category is in partnership with the Samaritans and The John Armitage Charitable Trust.

Who can apply?

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. Fellows come from all parts of society, all age groups and all professional fields. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

How to apply

Fellows' impact in this field

Anne EmburyMental health worker Anne Embury travelled to New Zealand and Australia in 2014 to research the development of bereavement-by-suicide support groups. She has since developed an eight-week grief education programme, delivered across Cornwall, and promoted World Health Organisation standards for facilitators of bereavement groups.

Jude McCannCharity Chief Executive Jude McCann travelled to Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2013 to research support for people at risk of suicide in rural areas. Upon returning to the UK, Jude developed a programme of financial mentoring for farmers, which aims to address financial issues, as well as the stress that often accompanies them.