Cornwall Reports tells us that 1 person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The information is also public knowledge via Cornwall Council’ website. The suicide rate for Cornwall’s resident population is consistently higher than the national average and the Council, which serves a population of approx 550,000 recognises this as a significant local public health problem.


“Every death by suicide is one too many. In Cornwall, a number of factors contribute to the issues we face, including unstable incomes dependant on agriculture, fishing and tourism.

“One reason people take their own lives is because they don’t want to talk about mental distress. Together, we as a community can make a difference, and not just take a medical treatment approach”.

Dr Ellen Wilkinson, Medical Director for Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust

Just asking someone how they are really feeling can be a lifesaver. Watch the video to find out how, here.


Helpful organisations

From Cornwall Council’s website:

If someone you know needs help urgently the best thing to do is persuade them to call their GP.

Stay Safe website can help you look after someone who says they feel suicidal or help you if you have thoughts of suicide. You can complete a safety plan, or get step by step help on how to reassure someone in an emergency situation.

If someone needs someone to talk to at any time of day or night Samaritans will listen 24/7 365 days a year. They can be called for free from a landline or mobile on 116 123.

CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably has lots of information and advice on how to help a friend in need. Or if you need help yourself you can call the helpline 5 pm to midnight 365 days a year for free on 0800 58 58 58.

If you see the ASIST logo anywhere, there will be somebody ready, willing and able to support you by providing suicide first aid.

Under 35? call the Papyrus HopeLine on 0800 0684141 or text 07786 209697. They are contactable 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and 2pm-5pm on bank holidays.

In a non-crisis situation, you can refer yourself and get support online from Outlook South West.

For healthy lifestyle advice that can improve your emotional wellbeing, you can get help from Healthy Cornwall by calling 01209 615600 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Or if you’re a young person in Cornwall you can find information on the Mind Your Way website.

If you need them, contact the Samaritans here. 


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