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Latest Mental Health Foundation Newsletter

Campaign launched to prevent suicide

Each year in the UK, twice as many people die by suicide than lose their lives in road traffic accidents.

U Can Cope is a film that promotes the messages that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts, there is always hope and there is always somewhere to find help. Please share the film to spread these extremely important messages.

Launched on World Suicide Prevention Day earlier this month, the film was produced in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Connecting with People and other professional and voluntary organisations.

Paul Bristow, Head of Communications

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Our sixth annual Mental Health Arts & Film Festival takes place across Scotland from 1-25 October.

This year’s theme ‘walk in my shoes’ celebrates diversity and understanding, reflected in the wide range of events that make up the programme of film, theatre, music, dance, comedy, literature and visual arts.

Now the biggest festival of its kind in Europe with hundreds of events each year, the full programme of events is now available.

Build your resilience to depression
Depression: a Global Crisis is the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Depression can affect anyone and is predicted to be the leading cause of global disability burden by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation.

We want everyone to look after their mental wellbeing and increase their resilience to common problems such as depression. You can start now by finding out ten easy ways to look after your mental health or by downloading our free booklet.

Talking is good for you!
Join us to mark World Mental Health Day by holding a Tea & Talk fundraising event.

Spending time with other people and talking about your feelings is good for your mental health.

All you need to do is get together a group of friends, family or colleagues then have a cuppa, a natter and ask them to make a donation.

You can access lots of free resources for your event including a quiz to get you talking about mental health.

How do you feel?
We’ve been working hard for many years to reduce the stigma and discrimination linked to mental health. We believe people are becoming more comfortable talking about common mental health problems such as depression.

But we’d really value your opinion on this and we’d like to know are you comfortable talking about depression? Tell us by replying to this email with Yes or No as the subject line or email us at supporter@mentalhealth.org.uk. In return for sharing your view you’ll be entered into a draw to win a copy of The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook.

Your feedback will help us to know what’s important to our supporters and inform our future priorities. We will share the results with you in next month’s newsletter. We won’t share your feedback with any other organisation or use it for any other purpose.

Win great prizes and support mental health
There’s still time to enter our raffle to help raise funds to support our work. 

We’ve got some great prizes up for grabs including a year’s supply of cake and signed Franz Ferdinand albums.

Find out more about how to enter and the prizes you could win or reply to this email for more information.

The draw takes place on 31 October so don’t wait too long to enter!

How to improve access to psychological therapies?
Only a fraction of the millions of people suffering from mental illness have access to treatments, according to a report from the London School of Economics.

Our Head of Policy, Simon Lawton-Smith, has written a blog about current psychological therapy provision and our campaign to increase this.

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