Suicide prevention

More than one suicide per week in Cornwall

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average.

The statistic was given to Cornwall councillors at a special all-member briefing on suicide prevention on Friday.

They heard that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and also heard what is being done to try to prevent suicide.

There has been an average of 71 suicides a year in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017.

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Beer mats to raise suicide awareness

Sarah Robertson

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

Beer mats are being put in football clubs and bars in Staffordshire with the aim of getting men to talk about their mental health.

One of the beer mats
Brighter Futures

Organised by local charity Brighter Futures, they're being put at Stoke City, Port Vale and railway stations.

The group says they have the message ‘mate, you don’t seem yourself' on them with Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline's number on the other side.

Figures last year from the Office for National Statistics show, while suicide rates for men in the UK have fallen, men still account for three-quarters of suicide in the country.