Delighted to be developing 4 new smartphone photography projects in Redruth, St Austell, Falmouth and Hayle as part of the suicide innovation award from Cornwall Council.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country with men being four times more likely to take their own lives than women. A recent report going to the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body noted that the average monthly rate of suicides last year was 6, but in March 2020 there were 13 recorded.
Social exclusion, deprivation and unhealthy lifestyles are now exacerbated due to the pandemic as self-isolation and recovering from Covid19 has an impact on the health and wellbeing of all of us living in the region.
We believe that connecting to others through cultural activities allows people to share difficult feelings creatively and helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
We recognise the fundamental value of contributing to and looking after our culture and our role is to protect this human right. We aim to help vulnerable people reconnect to communities by accessing high quality arts activities.
As the Safer Cornwall website highlights, “Everyone should have the right to feel safe and be safe, whether at home or not, and it is the shared responsibility of the community….to ensure that this is possible.”