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June 2020

Towards Zero Event - register now!

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. 

Nationally we are hearing that many areas have cancelled their plans for a Towards Zero event this year.  Here in Cornwall we have decided to not only forge right ahead with plans for an event (held digitally), but we have extended it to a whole week’s worth of online workshops.  Our event is 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 who will be ready to take questions from the audience.  These questions can be submitted in advance to with TZ in the subject. 

Links to book your tickets and themes for the week: 

Monday: Safety Planning 

Tuesday: Children and Young People 

Wednesday: Physical Activity 

Thursday:  Hope 

Friday: Cornwall suicide prevention work update – what’s been happening, and exciting new projects.  Local panel of professionals and people with lived experience to answer any questions you may have.   

To book your place on any of our free workshops, please do this via the links above, on the days listed above and you will be sent a link to the event. 

We would love for as many people to attend these workshops as possible to learn about how you can be involved in suicide prevention, how to support a friend or family member, and how to help break down the stigma around suicide.  

We will be recording each of the workshops and uploading them so that even if you’re not able to attend on the day, you will still be able to view.  Further information about how and where to find them online to follow. 

Please encourage your friends, colleagues and family to sign up to this newsletter to stay informed on the crucial work taking place in Cornwall.

We hope to see many of you (virtually) next week!

Ruth Goldstein and Paula Chappell

We previously announced an exciting new fund to support innovative projects arounds suicide prevention in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and on Friday 11 September in the final workshop of the Towards Zero virtual events, we will announce the winners and give you a sneak peak of information about each of their plans. 

Book your free place at the workshop here:  Friday: Cornwall suicide prevention work update  

Truro Catherdral annual service of reflection

Truro Cathedral will be open from 10am to 3pm on World Suicide Prevention Day Thursday 10th September 2020.     

It is not possible this year, due to Covid-19, to hold the annual service for people affected by suicide. Instead, the Suicide Liaison Service has been invited to provide an opportunity at Truro Cathedral on World Suicide Prevention Day to invite those who are impacted by suicide to visit for a quiet moment of reflection, light a candle, or talk with a member of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Chaplaincy Team, or the Suicide Liaison Service, or a cathedral Chaplain – all who will be available at times throughout the day.  All are welcome, of all faiths or none. 

If you are not able to visit the cathedral, you can light a virtual candle in remembrance by clicking the ‘Light a Virtual Candle’ link on the homepage of the cathedral’s website:  

Where can I find out more?

► New Coronavirus mental health support web page

► Try the Every Mind Matters online tool

► Resources and information about Don't Flush Your Life Away campaign targeting men

► How Are You Really Feeling? campaign resources

► Try the 5 ways to wellbeing, and see how it can make a difference for you.


► Need support for yourself or someone you know when a loved one who may have died by suicide? Try the Help is at Hand booklet.

► Mental Health, resources and guided videos are available from Healthy Cornwall

► Free 20 minute training from the Zero Suicide Alliance  

► Read previous editions of our newsletter


Paula Chappell or Ruth Goldstein
Wellbeing and Public Health, Cornwall Council
Tel: 01872 323583
Email: Public Health

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