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Beth Matthews funeral honors ‘brutally honest’ blogger, 26

The funeral was held for Beth Matthews, beloved mental health blogger and former schoolgirl from Plymouth, who died tragically at the age of 26. Beth died while detained under the Mental Health Act at a hospital in Manchester.

The support worker from Menheniot, near Liskeard, died on March 21 and is fondly remembered to have spoken candidly of her mental health battles after surviving a suicide attempt. Friends and family gathered at the church in Landulph, near Saltash, on Wednesday April 13 to say a final goodbye to Beth.

The funeral was said to be a celebration of his life which continued at Pentillie House. Beth, a former Devonport High School for Girls student who loved the outdoors, was a mental health patient and severe trauma victim before becoming an influencer who shared her stories to give hope to others. She identified as a suicide survivor and offered thousands of people a reason to live, share their problems and seek help as well.

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After being rescued from a Launceston bridge by a student on her way to work and surviving a suicide attempt at the same location days later in April 2019, Beth started a blog titled Life Beyond the Ledge in which she chronicled every step of her journey. .

Last May, Beth visited Saltash Police Station to thank the officer who saved her life in 2019. In her latest tweet, which has now gone viral, Beth shared how she was “struggling so hard and apologized to her followers for ‘being so negative’. Hundreds of people have since shared their condolences on the wire.

Beth Matthews pictured with boyfriend Matt Parkinson in happier times

Following her passing, there was an outpouring of grief from those whose lives were touched by Beth and her journey.

Among the tributes paid to her at the time was a statement posted to Twitter by Mental Health UK, which said Beth’s mental health advocacy would be “remembered forever”.

A spokesperson for the charity wrote: ‘Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of Beth Matthews. Beth’s mental health work and advocacy has touched and helped many, and her commitment will be forever remembered.

An inquest into his death was recently opened and adjourned by Greater Manchester South Regional Coroner Chris Morris, who heard from Consultant Pathologist Dr Andrew Yates who carried out a post-mortem examination. Dr Yates said the cause of his death remained ‘unclear’ and more evidence needed to be gathered.

The coroner has adjourned the hearing until June 9, when a preliminary examination of the evidence will take place. He said he would seek evidence from local hospitals in Manchester as well as hospitals and mental health care providers in Cornwall.

Meanwhile, a fundraising campaign in memory of Beth, who was born in the village of St Dominick by the River Tamar not far from Callington, has raised more than £4,000 for Devon Air Ambulance.