U Can Cope
In 2012, Open Minds Alliance CIC, Samaritans, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy lead the U Can Cope multimedia multiagency media campaign to support and promote the 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 10th September.
The theme of the 2012 WSPD was ‘Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope’.
To this end, we commissioned a film entitled U Can Cope which was released on 10th September, WSPD. The film featured compelling stories of surviving suicidal thoughts, with commentaries from Dr Alys Cole- King, a leading clinician in the field, and Professor Stephen Platt, an eminent academic in this area who have both worked closely in the production of this powerful and thought-provoking film.
The film promotes 3 main messages:
1. Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts.
2. There is always hope.
3. There is always help.
This resource had the added benefit of being developed by partner agencies engaged with the Call to Action for Suicide Prevention in England and began to action the identified consensus priority of developing a shared suicide prevention campaign to improve help-seeking behaviours amongst ‘high risk’ groups and the whole population.
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