What We Do

We provide a range of services to the charity sector and other businesses.

Suicide Prevention Strategy & Plans

Suicide prevention plans and review for any business or charity.

Mental Health in Work & Education

Mental health advice , well-being advice and consultancy for any business or charity.

Consultancy & Project Management

Consultancy, advice and project management for teams, charities and organisations.

Nuthatch Retreats

We are excited to launch a new venture

About Nuthatch

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Neil Peters

Founder of Nuthatch Consultants, and operating as a suicide prevention freelance consultant, Neil Peters is an accomplished programme and project manager, with a 20-year career spanning the commercial and charity sector.

Recent Nuthatch projects have included reviewing suicide prevention and intervention pathways for East Sussex County Council, setting up a Pan Essex Peer Support Network for Parents with Parents 1st and identifying the workforce across Sussex exposed to suicidal people or suicide content and making recommendations for their wellbeing needs.

Some earlier projects that Neil managed with Nuthatch included programme managing the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s lived experience network, writing a suicide prevention strategy for a major property firm and working with Samaritans to review Highways England’s suicide prevention strategy.

Prior to setting up Nuthatch, Neil led the award-winning suicide prevention on the railway programme for Samaritans in partnership with Network Rail, and he is an expert in suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing. Neil has delivered major award winning suicide prevention campaigns Real People Real Stories and Small Talk Saves Lives, and led Samaritans’ award winning training team delivering suicide prevention and trauma support training. Neil has also written the rail industry guide for suicide prevention in community outreach.

Neil is on the Suicide Prevention and Self Harm Panel for R;pple Suicide Prevention‘s Advisory Board.

Neil launched Nuthatch Retreats, a side project to support people’s wellbeing by connecting them with nature.

Katie Barton

Katie joined Nuthatch on a freelance basis in 2022 in addition to working part-time leading the Community Rehabilitation Team in Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust.

She brings 10 years of experience of delivering creative programmes and projects that are co-designed with a diverse range of people and organisations across third and statutory sectors with a focus on suicide prevention and mental health . She’s skilled at bringing people together, listening to feedback, ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and securing community buy in.

Her Community Rehabilitation team provide a high-quality specialist and intensive rehabilitation service that supports the recovery of adults with psychosis and other mental health conditions.

Recent successes include facilitating a local Carers Support Group and supporting the development of a Recovery Through Activities programme – in addition to managing a busy multi-disciplinary team of professionals, enabling them to provide the best quality support to the people that the team services.

Prior to this she led an innovative pilot to champion voluntary and community sector (VCS) and resident involvement in the Neighbourhoods Programme – part of City and Hackney Integrated Care System. This successful pilot delivered two community partnerships led by local residents and VCS organisations, capable of transforming and redesigning local health and care services for local people collaborating with statutory partners.

Katie has experience of writing successful business cases and proposals and securing recurrent and matched funding.

She has been working with Nuthatch to deliver a major scoping project for a community mental health legacy programme on behalf of Bessels Green Baptist Church near Sevenoaks, Kent.

Previous Experience includes:

  • leading the outreach programme for the Rail Partnership Team at Samaritans, working local volunteers
  • supporting the development of a Time to Change programme, led by volunteers with lived experience of mental ill health
  • developing the programme at CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) with people with lived experience of mental illness and those bereaved by suicide.

We Specialise in:

Advice, Consultancy, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Community Outreach, Postvention/Post Incident Support, Strategic Partnerships, Charity Sector, Working with Volunteers, Emotional Support, Media, Campaigns, Helplines, Stakeholder Engagement, Business Cases, Proposals, Nature Retreats, Project set up, Project Management.


Don't just take our word for it, have a look at what people are saying about us.

Daniel Whitbread

Head of Operations, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (formerly Head of Operations at Samaritans)

"Neil is a strategic thinker, highly organised, and can work with anyone. He is practically and emotionally intelligent, diligent and persistent, and brings a positivity when times are difficult."

Ruth Sutherland CBE

Former Samaritans CEO

"Neil has led a number of award-winning campaigns for the Samaritans. These include our suicide prevention partnership with Network Rail, as well as Small Talk Saves Lives, and the launch of Real People Real Stories. He is a suicide prevention, wellbeing and trauma support/post incident support expert, and a pleasure to work with!"

Yianny Ioannou

Director of Operations, Tackle Africa

"Neil has supported TackleAfrica and our work in several ways over the years including our UK events and providing us with wellbeing and mental health support materials. Neil has always been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to much more collaboration in the future"

Penny Fosten

Executive Lead at National Suicide Prevention Alliance

“Neil was a fantastic interim programme manager for a key piece of work for us. He built an engaged a team of other consultants working to short time-frames, kept of all the many threads of the programme on track, ensured I was informed of progress and any issues, and helped ensure our project was delivered effectively, thoughtfully and on time.”

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