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Why Towards Zero?

The reason we're aiming for a zero target is because suicide as a preventable death. Suicide is not an inevitable death. Towards Zero is a way of talking to and engaging with our community to help to prevent suicides.

Zero suicides is an ambitious target. But as the World Health Organisation Director General said, ‘every single life lost to suicide is one too many’.

The ‘Zero Suicide’ movement began in the USA. It's based on the belief that you can prevent suicide deaths for people under care in health systems. Programmes in the USA have shown that suicide can be prevented. They did this with a systematic approach to care, driven by a quality improvement method. Successful programmes showed that strong leadership, a well-trained workforce carrying out risk assessment, involving individuals in planning their care, providing evidence-based treatments, and maintaining continuous contact and support were needed. 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. We do this by 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 get in touch. If have ideas for how we can work with your community to open conversations around mental health and reduce suicides, we'd like to hear from you. Please get in touch by emailing phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk.

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