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New Chester Centre to Help Those Impacted by Suicide

Written by Emily Owens

A NEW centre run by a suicide prevention charity has opened in Chester.

The Martin Gallier Project, which already has a base on the Wirral, is now offering support on St Werburgh Street, opposite the city’s cathedral.

The charity will provide support for anyone over the age of 16 who is in a suicidal crisis or who has suffered in the past.

Family members who are worried a loved may be in a suicidal crisis can also get support, as can those left bereaved by suicide.

There is no criteria or waiting list for help. Instead, the centre offers a drop-in service within a non-clinical, safe environment that provides immediate aid to anyone who needs it.

Commenting on the opening, Jessica Gallier, the chief executive of the charity, said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support we have received from the local community in Chester.

“We are so proud of the work we have done for families on Wirral and beyond. And we are eager to establish a warm and welcoming space here in the city.”

The service relies on funding from the National Lottery and other donations, but has already gained support from Chester businesses including Hickory’s Smokehouse and We Love Good Times which will help the charity to progress the new Chester facility. Artezzan and Cheshire Freemasons are also corporate supporters, while the Steve Morgan Foundation and Garfield Weston provide grants.

Jessica set up the charity after the loss of her father, Martin Gallier, in 2017. She established it to tackle areas she found to be lacking during his journey with mental illness and suicide.

The MGP works closely with local schools and organisations to promote its campaigns..

Services they provide will include delivering age-appropriate talks to school children, running support groups, hosting annual conferences and organising training workshops and courses to help as many people as possible about suicide.

Visits have already been made to secondary schools including Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Caldy Grammar, which gave very positive feedback and described the talks as ‘accessible’, ‘engaging’ and ‘pupil focused’.

The opening of the centre is much-needed.  The North West has the fourth highest regional suicide rate in England – there are 12.9 suicide deaths per every 100,000 people. MGP aims to change this with their values to prevent suicide, break down stigmas surrounding it and support families.

 

The Chester base is currently open three days a week from 9:30am until 4:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. But anyone in the North West of England can access either the Chester or Wirral base outside these hours. All referrals are picked up within 24 hours regardless of the day of the week. To get in contact call: 01516440294. And to find out more information about the charity and its services here.