Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornwall's Suicide Figures

PirateFM news logo wide
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

6:14am 12th September 2013
(Updated 6:14am 12th September 2013)

Cornwall is being urged to go on suicide watch.

Pirate FM has learnt around 60 people take their own lives in the Duchy each year.

That is one of the highest rates in the country and it is a number that is rising.

Economic hard times and isolation are being blamed.

Now family and friends are getting more help to spot the signs and cope with the aftermath.

Karen Oldham-Waring, Mental Health Promotion Co-ordinator at the Health Promotion Service, is running an event in Truro to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day: "Don't beat about the bush and go around the houses about suicide. Just say 'Are you thinking about suicide?' or ' Are you talking about suicide here?' Name it. But asking clearly and concisely really does give you that intervention opportunity.

"You might notice that they are behaving differently. Perhaps something concerning. Some people tend to tie up loose ends. But it's very important not to get stuck on aspects that we THINK people behave like, because that means we're not watching out for other signs and symptoms."

The event at Lemon Quay in Truro will focus on addressing suicide in three different areas:

PREvention: the work carried out around educating people in the benefits of wellbeing and emotional resilience.

INTERvention: the delivery of training courses such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to give people a skill in providing suicide first aid to those at risk of taking their lives.

POSTvention: the services available for those bereaved by suicide or survivors of attempted suicide.

Attendees will include: counselling services, Young People Cornwall, faith forums, Pentreath, Seap, Rethink, Cornwall Rural Community Council, Suicide Liaison Service and Mind.

The event also marks the launch of a new website which has information about services for prevention, intervention and postvention for suicide all on one resource list.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, explained: "Suicide represents a tragic, and possibly preventable, loss of life, and is an indicator of emotional distress. Each individual suicide is a devastating event for the person concerned, their family and friends, and their community."

The event will run from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, with live music from local band ‘Freedom/Guilt Equation’ alongside information stands from services across the county. There will also be goodie bags to give away with useful resources.

6:14am 12th September 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
surfing santas 2

WATCH: Surfing Santas Hit Cornwall's Waves

Santa Surf and fun run held at Newquay to remember local boy Joe Way

dog beach

WATCH: Calls For Doggy Business Directory In Cornwall

Crowd Funder launches for pooch-friendly website

Most read
joseph sciascia

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

coastguard helicopter

BREAKING: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

Top articles

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Cornwall News: Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Virgin Galactic test flight success above California's Mojave Desert

National News: A Virgin Galactic spaceship has come safely through a free-flying test above the Mojave Desert in southern California.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Phil Collins sued by ex-wife over claims made in autobiography

Showbiz News: Phil Collins' ex-wife is taking legal action against the singer over "wholly false statements" made in his recent autobiography.

Fidel Castro's ashes laid to rest near his 'hero's' grave

World News: The ashes of former Cuba leader Fidel Castro have been laid to rest next to one of the people he most admired.

Chelsea extend lead at top of table after win at Manchester City

Sports News: Chelsea laid down a huge marker for the Premier League title by coming from behind to beat Manchester City 3-1 in a game that boiled over at the Etihad Stadium.

Giant foam 'blob' leaks from airport hangar and spreads in Santa Clara

Strange News: A giant 'blob' of foam has taken over the streets of a Californian town after leaking from an airport hangar.

Newer article

175 Cornish Factory Jobs Under Threat

Cornwall News: Pall to move part of Redruth operation abroad

Older article

Police Taser Figures Revealed

Cornwall News: South-west officers fire Tasers 71 times in a year

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.