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People in Cornwall urged to open up about mental health struggles

People in Cornwall urged to open up about mental health struggles

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:49am 14th April 2020. (Updated at 8:08am 14th April 2020)

People in Cornwall are being urged to open up about their anxieties around the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts are warning that the lockdown, which is expected to be extended this week, is having a big impact on people's mental health and especially those who are already struggling.

We are being urged to talk to each other, over the phone and on social media, to help combat both loneliness and isolation.

Richard Sutton is from Cornwall Samaritans. He tells Pirate FM it is important to let people know when you are struggling.

"Most of us live in a rural setting, we can out and about to a certain extent for walking, but if you're forced to work from home as well you haven't got the interaction that you normally would have with your work colleagues. It's all isolation all the time.

"If people are of an anxious nature at the best of times then they are going to be feeling much worse at the moment.

"They have got to talk about it, talk about how they're feeling and about they're concerns, but they have got to be listened to as well."

Richard Sutton, Cornwall Samaritans

The charity is appealing for donations from local residents to help ensure its volunteers can continue to support people in the Duchy who are struggling to cope during this crucial time.  

Following the government’s confirmation that Samaritans volunteers are critical to supporting vulnerable people, Cornwall Samaritans is making every effort to ensure that they are able to provide emotional support to anyone in crisis. 

Volunteers that are able to carry out shifts at the branch in the Truro branch are following strict guidelines on hygiene standards and social distancing. The situation will be continually monitored to ensure that volunteer safety is prioritised.  

“For over 50 years, our branch has provided a listening ear to anyone who needs support, which has been possible through the public’s kind donations. Now more than ever, we need the public’s continued support.

"Due to the cancellation of our upcoming fundraising events and the closure of our shop at Par Market, we are facing a significant loss of funding, so we are calling on Cornish residents to help us ensure that we continue to be here for anyone who needs support.”

Branch Director at Cornwall Samaritans, Sue Wright

You can make a donation and find out other ways to support Cornwall Samaritans here.

Those worried about their own mental health or someone else during the coronavirus outbreak can find some useful online resources and advice here on Samaritans website.

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