Towards Zero Suicide Newsletter

Late Summer Edition

Introduction by Caja Morphew, Public Health Practitioner

Welcome to the Late Summer 2023 edition of the Towards Zero Newsletter.

World Suicide Prevention Day is coming up on 10 September. The theme this year is creating hope through action. There are many world suicide prevention day events happening in Cornwall that reflect this. Find out about these below.

We are currently planning our annual Towards Zero Event. We now have a date of Thursday 23 November 2023, and the event will be taking place at Heartlands again this year. We will be distributing more information and the booking link soon.

Thank you for continuing to support the Towards Zero ambition, suicide prevention is everyone’s business.

Service of Reflection

The annual service of reflection for those affected by suicide will take place on Sunday 10 September at 2pm at Truro Cathedral. This is a peaceful, reflective opportunity to remember those lost to suicide. The team at Cornwall Suicide Liaison Service and members of the county’s Multi Agency Suicide Prevention Group have collaborated to organise this very special event. This year’s service will feature the Mousehole Male Voice Choir. All are welcome, of all faiths or none. For more information, call the Suicide Liaison Service on 01208 871905.

Turning the Tide on Suicide

The suicide prevention team at Cornwall Foundation Trust are holding a swim session at Jubilee Pool, Penzance for on Thursday 14 September from 9-10am. Come along and meet people and organisations who are passionate about suicide prevention, postvention, mental health and wellbeing. Tickets for the Turing the Tide on Suicide swim session are available to book online.

For more information, email

Autistica Webinar: Thinking differently about autistic suicide prevention

Autistica are holding a webinar on Tuesday 12 September from 12.30-2pm.  The webinar will discuss the topic of 'do we need to think differently about suicide prevention for autistic people?' This webinar, organised to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day 2023, provides an urgent call to action. Find out more and register your webinar place online.

National Suicide Prevention Alliance Online Discussion: Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector

The NSPA are holding an online discussion on Thursday 28 September from 11-12pm. Members from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector have the opportunity to discuss areas for action in the government suicide prevention strategy. Find out more and book your place for the discussion online.


PAPYRUS launched HOPEWALK ten years ago to smash the stigma and get the conversation around suicide started. HOPEWALK is PAPYRUS’s flagship fundraising event which takes place at Richmond House, Truro on 3 October at 12 noon . Find out more and book online.

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

This year’s World Mental Health day has the theme ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’. The global campaign aims to place mental health in a human rights framework to re-cast the aspiration for sound mental health as a fundamental human right. Find out more about the global campaign online.

Zero Suicide Alliance – New suicide awareness training to support autistic people

The Zero Suicide Alliance team is working with Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Board to develop suicide awareness training to support autistic people. They would like the help of autistic people, those who care for autistic people, and those who work with autistic people to help shape this training. If you would like to get involved by sharing your views and experiences, please head to their website to find out more.

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