To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (Friday 10th September) Isle of Man Samaritans are encouraging people to talk to each other and share the things in life that give them hope.
After a hugely challenging 18 months, volunteers are aiming to help the local community remain positive by asking residents what they do to help maintain their wellbeing, in line with this year’s theme Creating Hope Through Action.
With the long-term effects of the pandemic likely to be felt for several years, sharing ways of remaining hopeful could support anyone struggling to cope and be an important reminder that you do not have to do it alone, help and support is available.
Spending time in nature, exercising, baking, listening to music and drawing are just a handful of examples that can help boost people’s mood, among plenty of other activities.
To help inspire people, Samaritans has created several new resources, including suggested activities, useful tips, and a mood-boosting playlist, which will be available from 10th September.
Gary Leeming, Isle of Man Samaritans Branch Director, said: “The pandemic’s challenges are continuing and won’t immediately ease off with restrictions lifting. Therefore, it’s vitally important we do everything we can to help anyone who needs support.
“Taking the time to enjoy your favourite activities, whatever they are – something easy and every day, or something more strenuous or creative – can be great ways to spread hope and look after your mental wellbeing.
“Whether it’s a group activity or something you can do in your own time, sharing ideas about what you turn to when you’re feeling low is a simple yet effective way to help friends and family who are struggling. You don’t have to be an expert to make a difference, and potentially save someone’s life.”
Throughout World Suicide Prevention Day, Samaritans will be sharing useful content on its Instagram, Twitter and FacebookFacebook pages, asking people what they do when they’re not feeling hopeful, providing tips for creating hope and sharing case studies exploring the meaning of hope.