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Virtual events to target suicide rate in Cornwall

In a time when events are being cancelled, the Towards Zero Suicides collaborative, supported by Cornwall Council,are stepping up activity to mark World Suicide prevention day (Thursday, 10 September) and help reduce the suicide rate in Cornwall. 

Across the country many areas have cancelled their plans for a Towards Zero event this year. Here in Cornwall the plan is to not only forge ahead with plans for a virtual event but extended it to a whole week’s worth of online workshops. At the end of the week the successful bidders for the Suicide Prevention Innovation Grant will be announced. 

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Each year in Cornwall we hold an event to bring together our community to think about the ways we can each support our ambition for zero suicides in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This year, of course, things are happening a little differently in all areas of our lives and our mental health and wellbeing have never been more important. 

The eventare being held over the week Monday 7 – Friday 11 September 2020. Each day has a different theme, and on the final day there will be a local panel ready to take questions from the audience. These questions can be submitted in advance to suicideprevention@cornwall.gov.uk with TZ in the subject. 

Councillor Sally Hawken, cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing said:  

“In a time where people’s worlds are very different, looking after our mental health and supporting each other is more important than ever. But it takes more than just looking out for friends and family. We’re encouraging communities to come together to learn how to reduce suicide in the places they live. 

“Events like these are designed to be open to everyone who has an interest in reducing suicide rates to zero. It’s not just professionals who play a part in this, it really is a subject where everyone can have a role. 

Dr Ellen Wilkinson Chief Clinical Information Officer for Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust added: “Our collaborative has been working hard together for years to do as much as we can across the lifespan to prevent mental ill health and try to stop people reaching a crisis point. This year, it’s no different.  

“The plans to do a week of events shows how committed we are to tackle this issue head on. 

To book your place on any of the free workshops, please click on any of the links above to register on Eventbrite. 

Towards Zero is a collaborative programme in South West England, through which local partnerships are working together with a shared aim towards achieving zero suicides. In Cornwall the collaborative is supported by Cornwall Council, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and NHS Kernow.