A Cornish mental health organisation is marking a special birthday, having spent three successful decades providing support and guidance to people across the county suffering and recovering from mental ill health.

Pentreath was set up by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health authority in 1991 as part of the care in the community shake-up which saw the of deinstitutionalisation of mental health care in the UK.

The NHS’s industrial therapy provision in Cornwall was spun off into a standalone charity and Pentreath was born.

A raft of new initiatives and projects followed offering support a wider range of people, including those suffering from depression and anxiety.

Since 1998 more than 25,000 people in Cornwall have been referred to Pentreath with countless positive outcomes with individuals’ mental wellbeing improved, qualifications achieved, and voluntary and paid employment secured.

Continually evolving over the years to suit their client’s needs, Pentreath’s core aim of promoting good mental health through personal development, education and employment has never changed.

Chief executive Louise Knox explained: “I am proud of what we have achieved at Pentreath over the last 30 years and the work we have done to support our clients over that time. We have had some amazing success stories and there will be many more to come.

“The pandemic has had an impact on many different communities; however, we’re still taking referrals. We can help people move forward in life and achieve their personal goals and we’re pleased to be meeting clients on a 1:1 face to face basis again.”

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