Devon and Cornwall police call handlers are being given extra training to deal with suicidal callers.
It follows an increase in the number of distraught callers threatening to harm themselves.
It is aimed at giving the staff a better understanding and knowledge so they can deal with difficult phone conversations.
More support should be given to people who visit their GP with mental health issues.
That is according to a survey of patients by Healthwatch Cornwall which found more than half felt they had not been offered a choice of treatment and a quarter believed they weren't referred to a suitable organisation.
A mother from Devon has received an award from the Deputy Prime Minister for her charity work.
Debbie Humberstone from Axminster was nominated as a Mental Health Hero by her daughter, who she helped through mental illness.
The award was in recognition of Debbie's charity, The Project, which tries to help young people with mental health issues by setting up a network to support those aged between 12 and 24.
The charity founder is one of ten winners from the region, chosen from 900 nominees.
The problems young people have finding jobs are leading to depression and suicidal thoughts for huge numbers of them, that's according to the Prince's Trust.
In a survey published today they say the south west is one of the worst areas, where one in three young people without a job have thought of suicide. John Andrews reports.
Young people who are jobless are prone to mental health problems, according to a study by the Prince's Trust.
It says that long-term unemployment can make youngsters twice as likely to need anti-depressants. Almost 1 in 5 young people in the South West have had symptoms of mental ill-health.
Mental health researchers in Devon are to benefit from a share of millions of pounds of Government money to help them with their work. The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will get a share of the £124 million on offer. It will be used to research mental health in school children.
The NHS Trust that runs mental health services in Cornwall is spending half a million pounds creating new jobs for nurses.
The money will go on 19 new frontline posts at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The positions will be based at Longreach House and Bodmin Hospital, as well as community teams in Truro and Falmouth.