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Mourners bid farewell to mental health blogger Beth Matthews

The funeral was held for beloved mental health blogger Beth Matthews, who tragically died while detained under mental health law at a hospital in Manchester.

The 26-year-old support worker from Menheniot near Liskeard died on March 21 and is fondly remembered to have spoken candidly about 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, 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.

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She identified as a suicide survivor and offered thousands of people a reason to live, share their problems and seek help as well. 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”.

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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.

There are many different places to get help online, including online chats, text help, phone calls, and even apps with games to help you manage your feelings.

If you need help or just want to know what’s available to you, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of a number of services.

Below are some of the helplines and websites that can help you.

  • 24/7 NHS Mental Health Response Line: For help and advice. Call for free any time of day or night if you’re worried about your mental health or someone else’s. The team behind the 24/7 toll-free helpline will listen to you and determine the best way to help you. t: 0800 038 5300 (free) 24 hours a day

  • Samaritans: emotional support for anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. t: 116 123 24 hours a day e: [email protected]

  • Outlook South West offers online support and NHS talk therapies – call 01208 871905 for people aged 16 and over. The Suicide Liaison Service is also available through this number. This is also an NHS funded service, but for adults aged 18 and over who have been bereaved by suicide.

  • Man Down: supporting men’s mental health in Cornwall – www.mandown-cornwall.co.uk

  • ‘We’re with you’ for help with alcohol, drugs or mental health, call 01872 263001 or visit https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/services/cornwall-truro/.

  • Childline: Free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, anytime. t: 0800 1111 email or chat via www.childline.org.uk

  • Shout: 24/7 texting service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis, anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need immediate help. Text: 85258

  • CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably: For men who are depressed or in need of talking, find information and support. t: 0800 58 58 58 5 p.m. – midnight every day or webchat at www.thecalmzone.net

  • If you are a young person or are worried about a child you can call the Early Help Hub for advice and help (call 01872 322277 or email [email protected]).

  • Call 0300 777 4777 or visit https://saferfutures.org.uk/ if you or anyone else is affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and those who exhibit abusive behavior.

  • Papyrus Hopeline UK: For people under 35 with suicidal thoughts, or anyone concerned that a young person may be thinking about suicide. tel: 0800 068 4141 e: [email protected]

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.



Beth Matthews, Cornwall mental health blogger and suicide survivor with Devon Air Ambulance paramedics who saved her life in 2019 when she jumped off a bridge in Launceston
Beth Matthews, Cornwall mental health blogger and suicide survivor with Devon Air Ambulance paramedics who saved her life in 2019 when she jumped off a bridge in Launceston

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.

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