Monday, 10 September 2012

U Can Cope

Here at the Powys Mental Health Information Service we are sometimes contacted by the family and friends of people who are feeling suicidal. We signpost people to relevant organisations such as the Samaritans and the Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.)

However, it is always good to hear about new resources, and I recently found out about a new initiative called U Can Cope. It is a coalition now including more than one hundred UK organisations - from mental health bodies to the Professional Cricketers' Association - formed to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and U Can Cope has released a new film focussing on three people for whom life had become unbearable but who, after seeking help, are now leading happy lives. One of these is Linda Nolan of the singing quintet The Nolan Sisters. The film is available at midnight tonight on the U Can Cope website here. You can also read the blog and more about the U can Cope campaign. 

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