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Find out more about mental health safety plans at events across Cornwall

A series of events aimed at supporting people with their mental health by using a mental health safety plan are being held across Cornwall on 28 February.

Events will be held in Penzance, Carnon Downs and Lanivet and Cornwall Council's Public Health Team would like to invite anyone who is interested, including individuals, organisations and community groups, to learn more about how the plans can help them and the community.

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Cornwall Council’s public health team work hard to provide support for people throughout the year with their mental health and mental health safety plans are designed so that people can help themselves during any stage of a mental health crisis.

In the UK an average 6000 people die a year from suicide, that’s compared to around 2000 people killed on the roads. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average, one person a week dies by suicide, which is higher than other areas of the South West.

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health said: “A mental health safety plan supports and guides someone when they are experiencing thoughts of suicide to help them avoid a state of intense suicide crisis. Research tells us that it’s one of the best tools to mitigate future suicide behaviours. The events are an opportunity for people to hear about them in more detail, whether to learn how to write one for themselves or support someone else to write one.”

Launch events will be held in three different locations throughout the day on 28 February, these are at:

  • St John's Hall, Alverne Room, Penzance - 9am-11am
  • Truro and Penwith College, Tregye Campus, Carnon Downs - 12:30pm- 2:30pm
  • Lanivet Parish Community Centre, Lanivet - 4pm-6pm

Cllr Hawken added: “I’d urge anyone with an interest in this area to go to one of these events to find out more. It is the Council’s priority that everyone should have better health and this very much includes mental health.”

More information on each event and how to book can be found on the council’s website

For anyone who needs support with their mental health you can visit Cornwall Council’s website.

You can also download a mental health safety plan template off Cornwall Council’s website

Anyone who needs immediate help is urged to visit their GP.

Story posted on 17 February