Campaign aims to reduce suicides on Cornwall’s coastline

July 5th, 2018 by

Cornwall Samaritans and Cornwall Coastsafe group have teamed up to support suicidal people as part of the #Coastsafe campaign.

Representatives from a wide range of agencies including police, fire and community safety, coastguard, the RNLI and Environment Agency and the Samaritans met earlier this year at a #Coastsafe forum to discuss ideas on how to reduce fatalities around water including interventions for those suffering and thinking of self-harm.

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A large proportion of the numbers of people losing their lives around our coasts are those who suicide.  #Coastsafe is about getting partners to work together to the same aim of reducing harm on our coastlines and suicide statistics are of increasing concern.

A/PS Andy Mulhern stated; “Collaboration is key to reducing fatalities around the waters of the UK, not just with emergency services but with charities, communities, individuals and society as a whole.”

As a result Samaritans contact boards have been placed at up to 30 appropriate coastal locations to raise awareness of the charity and to hopefully provide support for people to contact in their time of need.

Samaritans can be contacted by telephone FREE 24/7 on 116 123 or e-mail jo@samaritans.org

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Cornwall Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 750 people with a learning disability and/or autism

July 2nd, 2018 by
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FGM Awareness Day 15th June

May 14th, 2018 by

Due to the increased interest from last year’s FGM sessions, we are delighted to share with you an FGM Awareness Day.

We have guest speakers from outside agencies, including Lucy Njomo who is going to share ‘her story’.

The day is going to be split into two halves, please book onto one session. See poster attached for booking details.

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CoastSafe goes from strength to strength

May 14th, 2018 by

The #CoastSafe initiative to reduce the number of deaths on the Cornish coast is going into its second year with new partners sharing each other’s safety messages across all their social media followers.

The first #CoastSafe forum, held at Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service headquarters in Tolvaddon in April, welcomed partners from a diverse range of agencies. They discussed water safety campaigns and initiatives and joint training opportunities.  Cornwall Samaritans have joined the partnership with the aim of spreading awareness of the work they do to support people suffering from mental ill health who are at risk of taking their own lives around our coastline.

The #CoastSafe collaboration now consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (CSRT), Surf Life Saving GB, Royal Life Saving Society, Cornwall Samaritans, South West Ambulance Service and the Environment Agency.

#Coastsafe was instigated by PC Andy Mulhern following the traffic death of a father and his two-year-old daughter when they were swept into the sea off a Newquay beach.  Primarily based on Twitter, the @CoastSafe_DandC account attracted 35,000 people to one tweet last year and it is hoped these Twitter users went on to share the message with their networks.

Background information

#CoastSafe was launched at Newquay Harbour in July 2017 with a demonstration of the RNLIs FLOAT to live message as part of their #RespectTheWater campaign. In December the #CoastSafe collaboration joined forces in Falmouth to support the Royal Lifesaving Society’s #DontDrinkandDrown campaign with instructors from CFRS, HM Coastguard Rescue Team, CSRT and RNLI, teaching restaurant and pub staff how to throw lines. Lines were given to four of the licensed premises around Custom House Quay to use in an emergency.

The agencies have shared a range of educational videos via the @CoastSafe_DandC twitter account. They are aimed at identifying what each partner’s capabilities are, what type of incidents they deal with and also share key safety and awareness messages

These include interviews with Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics; a Swift Water Rescue Technician training with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service; interviews with firefighters about the dangers of cold water shock, tombstoning and mud; a tour around HM Coastguard Rescue 924; advice from Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Operations Centre staff about calling 999 and requesting the Coastguard in any emergency on the coast.

#CoastSafe

 

 

 

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Community Safety – 1365 Staff Trained

May 14th, 2018 by

Over the last 12 months staff from Community Safety & Fire and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, ASB and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff have completed training to help them with their role with vulnerable people and community safety issues.

The following courses have delivered.

  • Alcohol Awareness and IBA: Identification and Brief Advice

Just over 400 front line staff have been trained overall for 2017/18.  This training has now been updated to incorporate more Motivational Interviewing principles.

  • 14 x Basic Drug Awareness courses

A total of 253 people have attended and completed the BDA course for 2017/18

  • 1 x Basic Drug & Alcohol Awareness – Isles of Scilly

This one-off course was arranged and delivered for the Isles of Scilly service staff (Health Centre, NHS Trust, Children’s Services Team, Police, St Mary’s Hospital and Age UK).  A total of 8 people attended and completed the course.

  • 1 x 2-day Blue Light Train the Trainer training

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a burden on public services.  National guidance has been developed and this course aims to help roll out that learning across Cornwall.

A total of 11 people attended and completed the Blue Light TTT out of a potential of 12.  This course will enable participants to run courses for others on working with change resistant drinkers.   Participants are expected to have the ability and willingness to deliver future training in Cornwall.  Plans are in place to deliver this training across the 10 identified Safer Towns for 2018-19.

  • 2 x 2-day Dual Diagnosis courses

This course was run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff in Quarter 4 2017/18.  A total of 18 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course

  • 16 x 2-day Mental Health First Aid courses

This nationally accredited course which can only take up to 16 people. A total of 214 people have attended and completed MHFA training for 2017/18.

  • 9 x General Motivational Interviewing courses

A total of 172 people have attended and completed the MI course for 2017/18.

  • 2 x 2-day Specialist Motivational Interviewing

This course was run specifically for drug and alcohol service staff.  A total of 36 people attended and completed the 2 day Specialist Motivational Interviewing course.  Both courses had full attendance

  • 2 x Update on Providing Substance Misuse Pharmacy Services

This is an annual update training event the DAAT deliver to all pharmacies.  Two events were arranged – 1 in Lanhydrock (held in Q2) and 1 in Redruth (held in Q3).  A total of 72 pharmacists/pharmacy staff attended and completed the training.

  • 14 x Young People’s Substance Awareness & Screening training

A total of 181 people attended and completed the YP Screening training for 2017/18.  This includes 2 sessions held specifically for GTY and YOS staff and 1 session for the service staff on the Isles of Scilly.

 

Feedback

“Good at raising confidence with usable tools and case examples.”

“Helpful to get confidence working out alcohol unit levels and using AUDIT.”

“Applicable in helping clients to cut back their alcohol use.”

“Kim has great knowledge of the subject.  Delivered with passion”

“Well balanced approach to drug attitudes and approaches in todays society”

“Very informative and enjoyable day, thank you.  Delivered by a very knowledgeable and calm trainer”

“I felt that all the common misconceptions about drug users were covered in this session”

“Really fascinating and thought provoking…will improve my practice”

“Extra knowledge about the effects of drugs and relationship with Mental Health disorders.”

“New ideas and angles to begin to provide a service in complex areas”

“Really enjoyed the Personality Disorder work…really fascinating”

“Refreshing look at Dual Diagnosis”

“The best training I have had in a long time.  From basic to in depth material with links to bio-psycho-social interactions and real life stories”

“ The trainers knowledge and relaxed delivery made the training very accessible”

“Great course.  Now feel better equipped and knowledgeable about mental health”

“Trainer very engaging with everyone at the training.  Took time to listen and give advice.”

“Became more aware and understanding in my approach to service users”

“Hard work but instructive, entertaining and two days well spent”

A high percentage of the feedback received through the evaluation forms and through other sources is very positive.  This ranges from comments made about the trainers to the level of learning people have gained through attending these courses.  We have learnt through the feedback and the success of this training programme the gap within these services around substance awareness and engaging service users.  We hope to expand the training programme to cover other areas, such as, Blue Light training and Routine Inquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training in 2018/19.

 

Any more information please contact DAATevents@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

May 14th, 2018 by

I am really pleased to be able to advise that the contract for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services has been awarded to First Light South West working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

     

The contract commences 1 July and holds potential to run for 7 years and will deliver against the following:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service
  • REACH
  • Family Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Recovery toolkits for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Therapeutic intervention for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • DASV training
  • Healthy Relationships Programme
  • Offender programmes

This has been an ambitious procurement and First Light South West and Barnardo’s have been bold and visionary in their response giving the multi-agency evaluation panel confidence in their ability to deliver and opportunities for further exciting development.

A full communication strategy will follow.

I would like to thank First Light South West and Barnardo’s for their ambition and vision and wish them every success moving forward.

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Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

May 11th, 2018 by

#AddressYourStress

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), Mental Health England are focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

Everyone feels stress from time to time, so it’s important to find ways to #AddressYourStress.

This Mental Health Awareness Week @MHFAEngland is asking us to #AddressYourStress and has developed a free toolkit to help, Get yours here

 

 

Stress affects both our physical and mental health.

 

 

 

 

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Devon: Takes Drugs Seriously

May 3rd, 2018 by

Drugs can be dangerous. But does banning them cause more harm than good? Come along to learn about the impact of drugs on Devon and how we can better protect our community.

Join the discussion about what a new approach to drugs could mean for Devon, your family and your community.

Date and Time

Thu, May 17, 2018,  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM BST

Location

Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW

Speakers include:

Esther Campbell – Esther’s brother Luke died from an accidental ecstasy overdose. She is currently studying at the University of Bristol and is a member of the Anyone’s Child campaign. Esther wants the legal regulation of drug production and distribution to reduce the harm they pose.

Suzanne Sharkey – Vice chair for LEAP UK (Law Enforcement Action Partnership). Suzanne worked as a police officer for five years working in a specialised crime unit and undercover drugs buying operations. She is in long term recovery from problematic substance use.

Danny Kushlick – Founder of Transform Drug Policy Foundation in 1996, after working widely in the drugs field. He is now an internationally recognised commentator on drug and drug policy issues.

Chris Evans – Lost her son Jake to an accidental overdose. She now regularly gives talks on the subject and campaigns with Anyone’s Child for the legal control and regulation of drugs.

Followed by a Question and Answer discussion.

This is a free charity event, but donations will be gratefully received.

Sign up here

 

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We want to hear from you if you’ve living with a long term health condition

November 24th, 2017 by

Are you living with heart disease, cancer, diabetes or a respiratory condition, or do you work with people who do? The Wellbeing and Public Health team at Cornwall Council are working with partners across the health, social care and voluntary sector to better understand how to support people to self-manage their health conditions.

On average, people living with a health condition spend just 3 hours per year with their health care team; the rest of the time they are managing day to day life with that condition or their own – or self-managing. Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) from a national survey of over 2,500 people with long-term conditions thought that more of their ongoing health problems could and should be managed independently at home. In Cornwall, 68% of people in Cornwall feel supported to manage their long term condition, better than the national average.

“Self-management includes all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage health and wellbeing independently of or in partnership with the healthcare system” said Rachel Wigglesworth, Consultant in Public Health. “We want to better understand what options people in Cornwall are using at the moment, and what they find most useful.”

Dr Alison Flanagan, GP and Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re asking about a number of different types of support that people might use to self-manage. For example, do you use apps or devices to monitor your condition or would you like to? Have you taken steps to lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you go to a self-help group for people with the same condition? As more and more of us are living with long term conditions, it is vital that people feel as supported and confident as possible.”

Ann Bennett lives near Falmouth. She lives with a serious condition called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (a progressive lung condition) and also cares for her husband who has COPD. She said “Living with a long term condition is part of your life’s journey and only you are living with it. Supported by health professionals, it’s important to be actively involved in taking responsibility for managing and maintaining your own health.

“Signposting to support groups and exercise sessions should be readily available so that patients can take responsibility. Being proactive, we accessed groups such as Breathe Falmouth and British Lung Foundation resources (which are readily available), having researched these for ourselves. By doing this and using social media support of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis UK on Facebook, we have great social, psychological and physical benefits from them. I’d urge anyone eligible to take part and have your say.”

Take part to help us understand and improve services by completing the online survey. Printed copies are available on request. The survey will be open until 12 noon on 12 January 2018.

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