Anyone with an interest in making Cornwall suicide free is invited to attend a Towards Zero Suicide event to mark this year’s World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October.
Public Health Consultant, Dr Ruth Goldstein said: “Moving towards zero suicide in Cornwall can only be done through collaboration and meaningful engagement. Everyone is welcome at this evening event so that we can come together to recognise much of the great work that is already on-going, to update you on the progress made since our last event in September 2018, and to further develop our work.”
The event will look in more detail at:
• How best to engage with people about mental health and suicide
• How to create suicide safer communities
• Self-harm in children and young people
Dr Goldstein added: “Whether you have experience as a service user, you have been bereaved by suicide, you work in mental health or are an interested citizen, we all have a role to play and we welcome your contribution.
“Cornwall has a high rate of suicides compared to other parts of the UK so it’s imperative that we all take action to reduce the amount of people who, for whatever reason, feel there is no other way out.”
This event and engagement with people across the region adds further to the work being undertaken by Cornwall Council and its partners which includes:
• Support for workplaces affected by suicide
• Toolkits for sports coaches and primary care workers to be able to recognise signs of poor mental health and support people
• Raising awareness of suicide and mental health through the ‘Don’t flush your life away’ and ‘How are you really feeling?’ campaigns
To find out more about the event and book your place you can visit the Eventbrite page:
Also on the day will be a drop in event, organised by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, taking place at Truro’s Lemon Quay, 10am-3pm with free activities, performances and information on the local resources available to support mental health and wellbeing.
If you need some advice or support with your mental health you can find out more on the Council’s website