Suicide prevention charity handed £96,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation

A suicide prevention charity set up in Liverpool by the daughter of a man who took his own life has been awarded £96,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Martin Gallier was 55 when he killed himself in 2017 after a life-time of battling mental health problems.

His daughter Jessica Gallier had only become a mum 12 weeks before he died and resolved to help raise awareness of suicides and prevention techniques.

In 2019 The Martin Gallier Project opened the doors of its new centre in New Ferry, Wirral, and has already helped more than 8,000 people.

However a surge in demand during Covid left the charity facing a cash shortfall until the Steve Morgan Foundation stepped in.

A delighted Jessica said: “Without that £96,000 we would have struggled to grow and meet the funding gap ourselves. We’ve never had a waiting list for anyone needing our services and I was worried that was about to change.

“We were bowled over by the generosity of the Steve Morgan Foundation and their incredible donation. It was fitting that news has coincided with World Mental Health Day.”

Jessica, who is now 31, recalled the day four years ago that changed her life forever.

“It was February 8th, 2017 and my dad took his life,” she recalled. “I had a 12-week-old son called Leo and I went from the happiest time of my life to the depths of despair like that.

“My dad had worked as a carpenter all this life and supported Liverpool FC. He’d attempted suicide before but as kids we didn’t know what to do with that information and there was no education.

“If we’d understood mental health and suicide better we might have had a fighting chance to keep him alive.”

Jessica’s own mental health spiralled out of control until she resolved to set up a charity in his name to prevent other families going through the same tragedy.

Jessica Gallier and her dad Martin Gallier

The Martin Gallier Project opened in 2019 with a mission to prevent suicides, break down stigmas and support families in the North West.

The charity has helped thousands of people at risk of suicide and experiencing suicidal thoughts, family members bereaved by suicide and raised awareness across the community and in the workplace.

Jessica: “People come to us desperate for support. Everyone has a turning point and a lot of the people who come to us have tried everything else and look at us as a last resort.

“Anyone can just walk up from the street, self-refer or get a professional referral and our team of suicide intervention workers will work collaboratively with them and their families.

“Our primary funder is the National Lottery but the number of people we’re seeing has soared and that’s why the funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation is so critical.

“The average intervention costs us around £80 so the £96,000 donation would help in the region of 1,200 individuals and potentially save their lives.”

Childhood photo of Jessica Gallier and her dad Martin Gallier

The award was made after a site visit by a group of Steve Morgan Foundation trustees.

Ruth Dixon, projects manager at the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: We were extremely impressed by the ground-breaking work the charity is undertaking. Their unique service is run by people with lived experiences and is literally saving lives.”

 

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