A variety of tools and information points around suicide, human rights, relationships and sex education (for professionals), drug rehab (also for professionals) mental health in young people, anti hate-crime animations, and health costs support.


Free suicide prevention online training

The Zero Suicide Alliance has published its new free online training course, that will teach you how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide – It only takes 20 minutes to complete, and is completely free.

Find it online at the Zero Suicide Alliance website.


Human Rights – know your rights toolkit

The British Institute for Human Rights has created a Know Your Human Rights toolkit, to “give information about how human rights can help you have more control over your own life and be treated with dignity and respect.”

They say:

  • This tool is particularly relevant for people with mental health or mental capacity issues, and those who advocate on their behalf, including formal advocates, families and carers.
  • It gives you tips on how you can identify whether an issue you have with your care or treatment is a human rights issue. It gives suggestions about how you can use human rights to overcome these challenges using real life examples.
  • The focus of this tool is on your human rights when you are receiving health and care services, e.g. at your GP, in hospital, community care, care homes etc.
  • Most of the information will also apply to other situations like education, housing or involvement with the police, but please note that these areas are not specifically covered in this tool.
  • Please note that The Know Your Human Rights tool is for information purposes on the law in England only. It is not intended, and should not be used, as legal advice or guidance.


Brook Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) resources for professionals

Brook have developed free resources that supporting professionals can use to help young people learn about RSE. There are also free e learning resources on the Brook website that may support skills and knowledge on sexual health and also items available to purchase.

You can also hire these from Healthy Cornwall Resource Library.


Drug rehab support materials for professionals

DrugRehab.com was created by US company Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) to be the most comprehensive resource on the internet about addiction in general. Their mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.

Their website contains an array of information comprising a comprehensive resource about addiction, free for anyone who needs it.
They have suggested these three links that might be of interest, amongst their other materials:

Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who It Affects and Why

Report shows family support may help protect against drug use

Report on teen addiction rates rising


New animations to prevent hate crime

Police Officers in the Diverse Communities Team in Cornwall have been working with students at Falmouth University to produce a series of animations created to promote awareness of hate crime.

The first short film, published on Stephen Lawrence Memorial Day in April, is entitled “APPLE”. It uses animation to show how people can be discriminated against because of their race, religion or disability.

A further animation was released to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May and will be used throughout the PRIDE season to continue to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting. It is hoped that this second film will be showcased on the big screen at Cornwall PRIDE on Saturday 24 August at Newquay.

You can find the second animation on the D&C Police Facebook page.


Young Minds text crisis support

Young Minds has launched a text support service for young people in crisis.  Where it can be hard to actually speak to someone, texting can be easier, so this service aims to provide support by this means, if that’s a way that young people find useful.

The service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.

You can find out more about it on the Young Minds website.


Health costs support source for service users

Employed people with a low income can claim help with their health costs, but many are not aware of this.

Check if you’re entitled to help with your health costs and apply online

If after checking you find you’re not automatically entitled, these further links should help you make an application for help with your health costs:

About the Low Income Scheme and how to applyCompleting your HC1 applicationCheck how long it may take to process your HC1 or HC5 application

If you have already paid for any health costs recently, you may also find this link useful: How to get an HC5 refund application

If you have any further queries, please visit the Ask Us section of the NHS Business website.