Open Minds Alliance
Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy
leading the U Can Cope multimedia multiagency media campaign to
support and promote the 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on
10 September. The theme of the 2012 WSPD is ‘Strengthening
Protective Factors and Instilling Hope’.
To this end, we have commissioned a film entitled U Can Cope
which will be released on Monday 10 September. The film features
compelling stories of surviving suicidal thoughts, with
commentaries from Dr Alys Cole- King, a leading psychiatrist 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 will promote 3 main messages:
1. Anyone can experience suicidal
2. There is always hope.
3. There is always help.
This resource has the added benefit of being developed by
partner agencies engaged with the Call to Action for Suicide
Prevention in England and begins to action the identified consensus
priority of developing a shared suicide prevention campaign to
improve help-seeking behaviours amongst ‘high risk’ groups and the
We will also be highlighting three new Royal College of
U Can Cope Charity
The U Can Cope Charity will be set up to fund the development
and dissemination of compassionate resources (including web based
resources available to all) for people in distress and for those
who wish to help them. It will be kindly hosted by the Cronfa Betsi Fund
On 26 July, Dr Alys Cole-King joined a discussion on
Hour about self-harm in your people. She gave help-seeking
advice and explained where parents and carers can get support.
promoting help seeking advice and support for parents or
We are working with over a hundred organisations including
academics, voluntary groups, Royal Colleges and other professional
bodies on the U Can Cope WSPD campaign, and would be delighted if
you would be willing to support the initiative. You can keep up to
date by following the campaign on Twitter (@UcanCope) and on the Connecting with People
For further information, please
Kathy Oxtoby or
Deborah Hart in the Communications
Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538