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Choice and Medication

Information for people who use Services, Carers and Professionals

Medicines can be an important part of a person's recovery. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust believes people - both patients and staff - need to have information which allows them to be confident the mental health medication used by the Trust is safe, effective, offers the best outcomes and value for money.

The Trust's pharmacists work with all our staff and patients to make sure that patients receive the appropriate mental health medication. The Trust has clear and robust policies and procedures to make sure medicines are managed and reviewed, for patient safety. To do this, we carry out audits and reviews against national guidance as recommended by the Care Quality Commission. The information you can access from this page is designed to help you, whether you are a patient, relative, carer or member of staff. The information will tell you about the medication and any side effects. It also provides approved information on mental health conditions and the types of things you can do to help yourself.

Pharmacy contact details
You can contact a Mental Health Pharmacist by telephoning 01208 251300.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Trust HQ, Corporation Road, Bodmin

Chief Pharmacist: Helen Woods
01208 251300




Welcome to The Free Mindfulness Project - Home to a growing collection of free-to-download mindfulness meditation exercises.
If you would like to see how the collection of mindfulness exercises is growing and to download some for yourself, go to the Free Resources section.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be described as paying attention to what we are experiencing, and doing so with a particular attitude: One of curiosity, openness, acceptance and warmth. Simply observing what we are experiencing, right now, and bringing a warm curiosity to whatever arises.  In formal mindfulness practices our intention is often to centre our awareness on one particular experience, such as the sensations involved in breathing or the sounds that we can hear, or to widen our awareness to incorporate a range of experiences simultaneously, or to watch where our attention goes without getting caught up in particular experiences. Mindfulness is also something that we can bring to any aspect of our day to day life, cultivating the same qualities of curiosity, awareness and warmth.  
If you have a few moments, why not ask yourself;



Self Help & Therapist Resources

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help mental health problems.  This website offers CBT self-help information, resources and including therapy worksheets on the FREE DOWNLOADS PAGES:  worksheets & handouts


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Promas is Cornish for a promise or undertaking. We chose this word because it represents our obligation and commitment to our work.

We deliver training and development opportunities to carers, organisations and professionals from all sectors of the community.This includes free training for carers  as well as commissioned and bespoke training for organisations and professionals. Promas is a Community Interest Company. We are enthusiastic and passionate about delivering an inclusive and exciting way of learning. Our mission is to empower people to develop themselves through a learning environment.

Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. For further information regarding CIC’s go to

We aim to work with a variety of people to teach them the necessary tools and techniques which they can use personally and professionally to support their growth.

Sometimes life events may have had a negative impact on people’s ability to move forward and progress. Our role is to teach people the skills and strategies to enable them to develop healthier and more fulfilling lives.

We are committed to working with people in a way that meets their individual needs respectfully. Contact us to discuss any of your bespoke training needs.

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Tel: 01736 339226 / 07775 756454


Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health - Children and Young People

Research has shown that emotional wellbeing and good mental health contributes to every aspect of a person's life. It is important in helping to strengthen families, improve educational attainment, promote social inclusion, tackle antisocial and offending behaviour, expand opportunities and improve general health and well-being.

There is now an indisputable wealth of evidence to show that interventions to improve emotional wellbeing and promote good mental health across the population will result in the following benefits for individuals, communities and populations;  

  • reduced mental illness and suicide,
  • improved physical health and life expectancy,
  • better educational achievement,
  • reduced health risk behaviour such as smoking, alcohol and drug use,
  • improved employment rates and productivity,
  • reduced antisocial behaviour and criminality,
  • higher levels of social interaction and participation

Nearly a quarter (23%) of the total burden of disease in the UK is attributable to mental disorder. This compares to 16% for cardiovascular disease and 16% for cancer. For children 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder and an estimated one in 12 children deliberately harm themselves.

There is a strong case for investment in children and young people's services;

  • Half of all lifetime cases of diagnosable mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters of lifetime mental illness arises by mid-twenties
  • Yet 60-70% of children and adolescents who experience clinically significant mental health problems have not been offered evidence-based interventions at the earliest opportunity.

Prevention and intervention in emotional wellbeing and mental health targeted at children and young people will result in greater benefits and savings than interventions at any other time in the life span

Mental health and emotional and social well-being problems in children and young people are associated with a number of factors in relation to; the environment and community in which they live; their parenting and family life; and individual factors such as biology and genetics. 

The causes of poor mental health are extremely complex and physical, social, environmental and psychological causes all play their part. We know that problems are unevenly distributed across the population and that some individuals, groups and even communities have an increased likelihood of poor mental health than others. Understanding risk factors can help with targeting resources in numerous ways from prioritising groups to targeting settings for preventative work.

It is recognised that in order to promote mental health and prevent and alleviate mental health difficulties it is vital to help not only the child, but to help their parents, families, schools and communities in which they live, as they all contribute to a child's development and well-being.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Healthcare Needs Assessment

In order to ensure that all partners across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are commissioning and/or providing services based on needs, a full health care needs assessment has been undertaken.

The aim of the needs assessment was to assess the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs for 0-17 year olds in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and provide recommendations for commissioners to inform local service development, future commissioning of services and future emotional well-being strategy for young people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

The priorities identified in the needs assessment have formed the basis for a strategy. A copy of the most recent needs assessment is available here.   

A consultation event took place on 24 April 2013 on the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of Children and Young People needs assessment and emerging priorities. Copies of the following documentation can be accessed:

  • Presentation 1 - Why is good emotional wellbeing and mental health so important for children and young people, available here  
  • Presentation 2 - Cornwall and Isles of Scilly comprehensive CAMHS needs assessment, available here
  • Presentation 3 - Emerging Priorities, available here
  • Contact details of attendees, available here
  • Feedback from consultation group work, available here
  • Overall evaluation of the event, available here

Developing a Joint Strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

From the needs assessment a strategy had been developed that sets out how all partners can work together to improve the care and close gaps.

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NHS Kernow Social Media

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  1. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: ASIST

ASIST provides Suicide First Aid skills to anyone who may come into contact with a person at risk. It gives an introduction to the most widely used Suicide Intervention Model in the world, a model which is applicable in all situations requiring help.

ASIST training was brought into Cornwall and Isles of Scilly in 2009 as part of a wider strategy to prevent suicides, and in response to requests for training in how to assess risk and how to talk about suicide. Read more about ASIST.

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This is a service that the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (KCCG) has commissioned us to provide across Cornwall. It has been developed to support people who have recently been bereaved by suicide.

We have fully trained suicide liaison professionals who provide county-wide support that includes: face-to-face contact with those left behind (family & loved ones or friends), information, practical support and guidance about the sorting out of personal affairs, as well as liaison with the Coroner's Office, the Police, media or faith groups where necessary.

The service is open to anyone who has been affected by suicide. If you or someone you know would like to access this free service you can call us direct on (01208) 871905, or referrals can be made to us from your GP/health professional.

For an information leaflet about the suicide liaison service [CLICK HERE].

  1. SOBS Cornwall

Who are we?

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide - Cornwall exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

We are an independent self-help support group, who works on the principles of

Many of our volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.

What do we offer?
We offer emotional and practical support through a monthly self help support group.

Our aims

We aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.

Suicide recognises no age, social, ethnic or cultural boundaries - neither do we. Our groups are open to any individual or family.

If you need us, we are here for you.

Telephone: Kath on 0759 401 637 or Call: 0795 241 0637
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You will receive a warm welcome in a non judgemental setting.

Meetings at the C of E Church, Highertown, Truro on the last Wednesday of the month between 7pm - 9pm.

Take care

Kath & Kate
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Promote your organisation on the Directory of Offender Services

Clinks' Directory of Offender Services is an online resource containing information about hundreds of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations working with offenders and their families.
The Directory can be used for signposting your clients to vital services and connecting with others in a specific field or region. It's also a great way to promote your organisation to service users, other VCSE organisations and statutory sector staff, including tho
se from prisons, probation trusts and local authorities.
Clinks is dedicated to promoting VCSE organisations working in the Criminal Justice System and so using the Directory is easy and completely free. Signing up to the directory is also the first step towards inclusion in the forthcoming Partnership Finder: a criminal justice supply chain and consortia directory for primes, commissioners and the VCSE sector.
To add your organisation to the Directory, follow these simple steps:
1. Go to and follow the instructions to set up a user account if you're not already registered
2. When you're logged onto the site, access the Directory at and search for your organisation
3. If your organisation is already listed, you can view the information and update it by selecting EDIT on the right hand side
4. If your organisation is not yet listed, then select Register My Organisation on the right hand side, and follow the instructions
New features | ex-offender volunteers and local branches
The Directory is regularly used by ex-offenders hoping to find volunteering opportunities in their local area. If your organisation is already listed and takes on such volunteers, please update your entry to include this information. In addition, if your organisation has multiple branches that offer varying services, you can now create a new entry to promote each office.
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Therapy Directory

Therapy Directory is a listings website of registered professional therapists. The site provides the UK with a nationwide directory of complementary and alternative therapists, enabling anyone in need of this service to find a therapist close to them quickly and easily.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term used to describe a variety of health care systems and practices which are currently not considered to be part of standard healthcare. More specifically, complementary medicine is that which is used alongside conventional medicine and is aptly named as it is intended to 'complement' and enhance the standard healthcare treatment an individual is already receiving.


Life Coach Directory

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Why chooseLife Coach Directory?

Life Coach Directory only lists life coaches who are registered with a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.

What is a life coach?

A life coach is an individual who supports and encourages people to fulfil their potential and really make the most of their life. A life coach can help to empower individuals to take control of their life, or certain areas of their life, for example, their career, confidence/self belief, finances, health, relationships, spirituality and/or work/life balance.

It can be easy to lose direction in our lives and life coaching aims to explore ways to enhance the skills, qualities and creativity we already have but may not be making the most of. Life coaching often involves exploring our attitudes, beliefs and values, discussing our aims in life and setting appropriate goals to help us to reach them. Unlike trying to achieve goals on our own, having a life coach should help to keep us committed, motivated and focussed. Just like sports men and women have their own coach, a life coach helps us to become the best we can be in our own lives.

NIHR HS&DR Interface Project


Have your say.  Have you had experiences of using mental health and Police services in Cornwall?

Would you like to join our new service user consultative group?

Who are we?

We are a team of researchers working on the Interface Project – a study about the experience of mental health service users who come into contact with the Police.

We are putting together a service user group and we would like advice from people with experience and knowledge of these services to help our research.

We want to find out about people’s journeys through and between the police and mental health services in order to improve joint working and improve the service user experience.

Who can I contact for more information or if I would like to take part?

If you would like any further details about the research or would like to ask any questions about participating in this service user group, please contact:

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Hypnotherapy Directory

The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge hypnotherapy support network, enabling those in distress to find a hypnotherapist close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will provide those seeking support with all the information they need. Every hypnotherapist on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism. logo

We made this website so that it is easier for people to find health information that is easy to understand.

We also want to encourage other groups to make their information free. This helps people to get it more quickly and easily.

Many groups from across the country have put their information on to this website. This is because we all want to make it easier for people with a learning disability to understand more about their health.

If people understand what is happening with their health, they will feel more confident in taking control of it. is one way in which Generate and all the groups on this website are working together to make sure people with a learning disability get good support and care with their health.

You can print off most of this information for free. When you print off information or leaflets from a website it is called downloading.


Nutritionist Resource only lists nutritionists who are registered with a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover.

This website also has a section on Mental Health and explains how:

Diet, or to be precise, a bad diet, can affect several areas of mental health, causing the following problems:

  1. Depression
  2. Mood swings/ disorders
  3. Stress
  4. Seasonal Affective Disorder
  5. Panic attacks
  6. Memory problems

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Many of the researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry also work as mental health professionals within services run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. is supported by Rethink, a mental health charity for people with severe mental illness and their families. Rethink also works closely with the Institute of Psychiatry on research projects.

You can find out more about each organisation within this section.

Most of the researchers and mental health professionals who contribute to this site work at the Institute of Psychiatry and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Academics and mental health professionals who work at other organisations and collaborate with, or have links with, Institute of Psychiatry researchers, also contribute.

Mental Health Foundation

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The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading mental health research, policy and service improvement charity.

We are committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help us all lead mentally healthier lives. We help people to survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.
We do this by carrying out research, developing practical solutions for better mental health services, campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination and promoting better mental health for us all.

Working across all age ranges and all aspects of mental health - we are the charity for everyone’s mental wellbeing.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (formerly SOBS) exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

We are a self-help organisation.  Many of our volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.

SUN Cornwall

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Service User Network Cornwall (SUN Cornwall) is a totally independent friendly site for all service users, peer to peer supporters and carers who live or know someone who lives with Emotional or/with Mental Health issues in Cornwall (UK). We also welcome those with Learning Disablilties (LD), Autism including Asperger's syndrome and Drug and Alcohol .

Alcohol Awareness

This links to the alcohol information section of the Cornwall Council website and contains links which are designed to help you to know:

  1. the recommended healthy drinking level;
  2. to be able to count alcohol units so that you can assess how risky your drinking is;
  3. to give you simple information about the risks of drinking above the recommended levels;
  4. advice on how to reduce your drinking if you decide that you are drinking too much;
  5. and, who to contact in Cornwall if you would like more advice or help.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mental health information for all

Readable, user friendly and accurate information about mental health problems.

Carrick Mind


Carrick Mind Befriending Scheme offers support to anyone in the Carrick district who feels they may be experiencing mental ill health and/or emotional distress.

Time To Change


Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

Calm Clinic


A resource website that provides some of the essential information necessary to begin fighting anxiety. It covers not just the main information such as causes, symptoms and treatment options, but also provides a unique anxiety test. The test is fairly comprehensive and helps identify what factors may be at work and where to start attacking it.

Counselling Directory


The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.

Young Minds


YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity commited to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.



Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

Outlook:) South West


We are an independent organisation responsible for delivering NHS contracted services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Covering every GP Surgery throughout the county, the free psychological therapies we provide are for people aged 16 and above.

  1. The therapies we provide are helpful for people who have common difficulties such as stress, depression and anxiety. We have a number of ways in which we help people. Our practitioners may offer one of, or a combination of the following: individual therapy, guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), telephone therapy, computer therapy or psycho-educational courses such as 'Stress Buster'.
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