World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2020
Over 800,000 people die by suicide annually, representing 1 person every 40 seconds.
Suicide is the 15th leading cause of death globally, accounting for 1.4% of all deaths.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24 in many European countries. Globally suicide rates among this age group are higher in males than females.
For every 1 suicide 25 people make a suicide attempt.
135 people are affected by each suicide death.
Take a minute
Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger – could change the course of another’s life.
The importance of community
- We are all part of a community, linked to family, friends, work colleagues, neighbours or teams.
- Sometimes we become isolated and disconnected from our communities.
- We have the responsibility to support and empower those who become vulnerable in our communities.
- If you are worried about someone in your community reach out and ask them “are you okay?”
- Encourage those in distress to tell their own story in their way and at their pace.
- By engaging in active listening and reaching out to those who are vulnerable in the community together we can build resilient and strong communities.
Take a Minute
• Take a minute to notice what is going on with you, your family, your friends and your colleagues.
• Take a minute to reach out and start a conversation if you notice something is different.
• Take a minute to find out what help is available for both you and others.
For urgent help and support visit: https://cornwallmind.org/urgent-help/
This Mind resource explains what suicidal feelings are, and what you can do if you feel suicidal. Also covers the causes, treatments and support options for suicidal feelings. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/suicidal-feelings/about-suicidal-feelings/
(Statistics taken from:https://www.iasp.info/wspd2020/)
The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge
We all know that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health and we also know that doing physical activity can help improve our wellbeing. It can help with better sleep, happier moods and help us manage stress and anxiety.
We are very proud to announce the launch of our very exciting challenge, The Big Rotary Cornish Coastal Footpath Challenge, lead by the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen. We have invited the 29 Rotary Clubs across Cornwall to join us in raising mental health awareness and funds through sponsorship during the month of August.
Each club will be asked to walk one or several sections of the Cornish coastal path and invite family and friends to join them. It’s a team effort and our motto for the event is that ‘a good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing’. Cornwall Mind has a team of enthusiastic staff and volunteers ready to walk and help raise those vital funds, you can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cornwallmindteamchallenge
Social distancing will be easy to maintain and the 293 miles of Cornish scenery will be stunning. Our joint efforts can help us to make a significant impact on mental health support in Cornwall in addition to encouraging us to look after our own mental wellbeing.
A big thank you to Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen rotary-ribi.org for leading on this, and thank you to all Rotary Clubs that are taking part, your involvement is really appreciated and we are looking forward to walking with you!
For map information, updates and news visit the Rotary Club of Truro Boscawen website and our social media platforms.
Understandably, we had to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by following Government guidelines to keep clients, volunteers, staff and the community safe. This means we had to stop our wellbeing groups and appointments back in March.
We are currently busy planning how we can safely restart our usual services, adapting where necessary and making sure we are Covid-19 secure. We want to continue supporting the people in Cornwall during this difficult time. We have reopened our garden and allotment projects and will be offering other services via telephone or video call. Our Creative Writing Workshops are already running via Zoom and the feedback has been great. Please bear with us while we make the adjustments, we will keep you posted in our news page and on social media.
If you need support please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your email as soon as we can.
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Mental Health Support
If someone is in immediate danger
If you are in a mental health crisis, or know someone who is, then here are some ways you can get help. If you, or someone you know, are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others, then please ring 999.
For other crisis situations
The first step in getting help can often be speaking to your GP. All GP surgeries will have a ‘duty GP’ to deal with emergencies, and you can contact the surgery to make an emergency appointment to see them or speak to them on the phone. Outside of normal working hours, you can access the out-of-hours GP service by ringing 111. If you, or the person you’re concerned about, is already in contact with NHS mental health services, then you should have a care plan which outlines what to do in a crisis. This might be to contact your GP or the Adult Mental Health Team that supports you.
What can I do to help myself cope?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of control, you might want to try different methods of calming yourself down. There are some specific strategies that a crisis team might try to use with you to manage and minimize any symptoms you might be experiencing.
Someone to talk to
- To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email email@example.com
- If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
- Text support, Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help, https://www.giveusashout.org/
- If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using this form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.
- If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07786 209 697.
- If you identify as male, you can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) or use their webchat service.
- If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
- If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email email@example.com or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
Mind operates an Information Line which provides information on types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. It operates from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)
- 0300 123 3393
- Or text 86463
Elefriends is an online, supportive community provided by Mind, www.elefriends.org.uk
Mindline Trans+ is a confidential, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Trans, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary and also supports family members and friends and provides signposting to other services and resources. Tel No: 0300 330 5468
True Butterflies Foundation can offer support to survivors of domestic abuse and their families in the Falmouth/penryn area. https://www.truebutterflies.org/support
Latest News from Cornwall Mind
The Cornish Coastal Footpath is 293 miles long. Rotary Club teams, friends, family and the Cornwall Mind team have walked a total of 174.3 miles in 2 weeks, incredible! Well