One in 15 people make a suicide attempt at some point in their life and in Cornwall between 50 and 80 people a year take their own lives.

During the month of May, support worker Brian Pepper will be walking and talking his way round the Cornish coast path to raise money for a mental health service.

The St Day man will cover almost 300 miles, aiming to raise £5,000 for PorthEden, based in the Camborne/Redruth area.

Brian said: “I’m a bloke with a pair of legs who wants raise awareness of mental health in Cornwall. Anybody wishing to come and join me for a stroll, for a weekend, a day, a morning. It doesn’t matter, male or female, young or old, just come along and have a walk and a chat.”

Brian, who works with people with learning disabilities, starts walking on May 1 at on the Devon/Cornwall border and is hoping to complete his trek in Cremyll, south east Cornwall, between May 15 and 19.

PorthEden founder Dave Chaisty said: “This is a fabulous challenge to be a part of and PorthEden is honoured to be chosen as recipient of Brian’s fundraising efforts. We will ensure that every penny raised goes towards reducing harms associated with mental health issues.”

PorthEden is a social enterprise focusing on mental health crisis that started on a kitchen table in Cornwall in 2016.

Since then PorthEden has pioneered the crisis café model in Cornwall, running cafes in Redruth and Camborne with the support of Cornwall Neighbourhoods For Change (CN4C).

Having branched out with sessions at local GP surgeries and digital health initiatives, PorthEden has also introduced a scheme to broaden community support involving local businesses.

A community event will take place in May to showcase mental health awareness week. This year’s event takes place in Helston.

To learn more about the work PorthEden do, visit the official website:

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