Pete’s Dragons are a charity based in the Exmouth area, covering the whole of Devon. They support all those in Devon who have had bereavement by suicide, whether it is an individual or whole families and there is no age limitation. The death could be recent or historic and the charity never holds a waiting list.
ONS statistics report that there are around 6,000 suicides in the UK each year, 89 of which are in Devon. Each death can affect between 10-50 people, often more if that person is well-known or a pupil at school or college. This impact can take a number of forms but can include having to leave work, or school, strained relationships with those around the person, and a worsening of mental health conditions.
Sixty-five percent of those bereaved by suicide have their own suicidal thoughts so Pete’s Dragons actively undertake suicide prevention work through the support they offer.
The charity currently supports around 300 individuals and this number has continued to rise over the recent year. Each person who enters their service is different, they offer a bespoke service to each client but most commonly it includes the following; information packs, specialists support from trained Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers, counselling, holistic and wellbeing treatments, comfort grants, hampers at Christmas, mindfulness sessions and Family Fun Days.
Upon being selected as Devon FA’s Charity of The Year 2021/22, Alison Jordan, CEO of Pete’s Dragons had this to say: “We are honoured and excited to be entering into partnership with Devon FA for the forthcoming season. Our two organisations align in their dedication to promote and support mental wellbeing across the county. This shared vision is even more crucial in the aftermath of what has been a very difficult 18 months. Thank you Devon FA for choosing Pete’s Dragons.”
Paul Morrison CEO of Devon FA had this to say “We are delighted to be working with Pete’s Dragons for the 2021/22 season, it is a charity close to the hearts of many within our company and hopefully our passion and drive to support mental health within football will lead to a successful partnership.”
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