Wigan Council encourages conversations about mental wellbeing for Month of Hope

Wigan Council encourages conversations about mental wellbeing for Month of Hope

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A month-long drive to encourage open conversations about suicide and mental wellbeing is to begin in Wigan Borough next week.

The ‘Month of Hope’, which is supported by organisations across Greater Manchester, bridges World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 and World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10.

Wigan Council, alongside a number of partners across the local community, will mark Month of Hope by encouraging conversations and highlighting the support available.

Yellow flowers have been planted in Believe Square to raise awareness of suicide prevention and a number of wellbeing walks have been arranged throughout the month, delivered by the Be Well service.

The Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “The past few years have been overwhelming for us all; whether it has been feeling isolated from our loved ones due to the Covid-19 pandemic or feeling concerned about the rising cost of living.

“It is important we all recognise what a difficult period it has been. Everyone should make sure they have someone to talk to. Easing some of the pressure on ourselves can go a long way in supporting your own mental wellbeing.”

Throughout the Month of Hope, the local authority will be encouraging residents to consider taking part in free online training from the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Programme Board through the campaign Shining a Light on Suicide.

The Learn to Save a Life training will give participants the skills and confidence to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide and provide advice on how to start difficult conversations.

Other groups raising awareness throughout the month include the Complete Kindness Café, ManLeigh and the Armed Forces Hub.

Coun Molyneux added: “There is a wealth of support available across Wigan Borough and our aim is to make sure everyone knows how and where to access it.

“By normalising mental health conversations, we can encourage people to reach out for support, whether that’s as simple as speaking to someone with a trusting ear, or more specialised intervention.”

To keep updated with the latest activity across the Month of Hope, follow @WiganCouncil on Facebook and Twitter.

If you need to speak to someone now, contact Samaritans by phoning 116 123, open 24 hours. You can also take part in Save a Life online training (external link).

Posted on Wednesday 7th September 2022

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