Towards Zero suicide newsletters

This is the home of the Towards Zero Suicide newsletters.

Here we'll be providing regular content and updates to anyone who is interested in supporting our work to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

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The reasoning behind a zero target is that it acknowledges suicide as a preventable death - not an inevitable death - and it is a way of communicating and engaging with the wider community to concentrate efforts to prevent suicides.

Zero suicides is an ambitious target but as the but the World Health Organisation Director General has been quoted as saying ‘every single life lost to suicide is one too many’. 

The ‘Zero Suicide’ movement began in the USA, based on the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health systems are preventable. Programmes there demonstrated that suicide can be prevented by a systematic approach to care, driven by a quality improvement methodology. Successful programmes have benefitted from strong leadership and a well-trained workforce carrying out risk assessment, involving individuals in planning their care, providing evidence-based treatments, and maintaining continuous contact and support and this is something we're striving for here.

Towards Zero in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is about making the most of the skills, knowledge and experience that we have as a collective, working together, learning from each other, and committing to doing more to prevent suicides. We want to change the landscape of mental health.

If you would like to be involved in this work or have ideas for how we can work with your community to open conversations around mental health and reduce suicides, please do get in touch by emailing phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk