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Blogger dies at 26 after writing publicly about her battles with mental health

Beth Matthews had blogged about her mental health journey following a suicide attempt in April 2019. She shared her story to help others online and garnered a large audience.

Beth Matthews was just 26, with boyfriend Matt Parkinson

A woman who shared her mental health battle on social media in a bid to help others has died aged just 26.

Beth Matthews had blogged about her mental health journey after a suicide attempt in April 2019.

She fell from a bridge on the A388, onto the A30 in Launceston, Cornwall and was taken to hospital by air ambulance after sustaining multiple serious injuries.

She shared raw accounts of her recovery and helped others who were struggling with mental health issues.

The 26-year-old, who loved spending time outdoors, had amassed 26,300 Twitter followers and built her own following through her brutally honest blog posts.

Beth gave people the courage to speak out and continually flagged anyone struggling to support groups, Plymouth Live reports.

These included Samaritans, reachable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 free of charge from any telephone.







She had been taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in 2019
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In a blog titled Life Beyond the Ledge and on her Twitter account, Beth opened up.

She bravely told her followers what led her to commit suicide.

In one of the last messages she posted on her account, she said: “It’s ironic that the injuries I suffered from a suicide attempt (nerve damage, broken bones, paralyzed bladder , paralyzed bowel, paralyzed foot, chronic pain, etc.) are the cause. I am now suicidal.

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’s pinned tweet praised the ‘brave cop who saved’ her life in 2019.

She wrote: “Today I have to thank and hug the brave policeman who saved my life.

“Although she saw me fall 15 meters from a bridge, she ran and held my hand until I was airlifted to hospital. That moment meant the world and m ‘reminded how grateful I am to be alive.”

The Devon and Cornwall Police Officer offered his condolences to Beth’s friends, family and loving supporters and added that she knows Beth has helped ‘so many people’.

She said: “I often kept Beth close to my thoughts after the first time we met. She was a kind and very honest person, speaking openly about her struggles which I know helped and supported so many people.







She had been helped by Cornwall Air Ambulance in 2019
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“She was a huge supporter of all emergency services and I know her passing will affect many. My thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Mental Health UK released a statement on Twitter after hearing the sad news. The charity social media account said Beth’s mental health advocacy would be “remembered forever”.

It read: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of Beth Matthews today. Beth’s mental health work and advocacy has touched and helped many, and her commitment will forever remain in memories.”

Another Twitter user paid tribute to Beth. She said she was sure that by sharing her “brutally honest experience” Beth had saved “a lot of lives”. Helen said: “So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of BethMatthewsz.

: She was an inspiration to many and I’m sure she saved many lives with her brutally honest experience of mental illness. I and many others hope she is finally at peace.”

A third said: “Beth Matthews was a passionate believer in #SuicidePrevention and shared her story to help others. Sadly, Beth lost her life. May his fight to help save lives continue.”

If you are touched by this story, there are many people who would be happy to talk to you:

Samaritans

If you need to talk and don’t know where to turn, the Samaritans have a free 24/7 helpline on 116 123. You can also email jo @samaritans.org or visit the website to find your local agency.

SANEline

If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, the SANEline helpline is open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm daily on 0300 304 7000.

Spirit

Mental health charity Mind has resources to help you cope and plan for a crisis. Visit their website for details on helplines, how to access crisis services, and what to do if you are unable to get help yourself.

*In case of emergency, dial 999 for urgent assistance