U Can Cope
Dr Alys Cole-King MBBCh, MSc, DGM, FRCPsych Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Director and Healthcare Lead promotes the background and aims of the U Can Cope film and coalition. As instigator she initially approached the main partners who all agreed to take it forward. The main partners are the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Samaritans, Open Minds Alliance CIC ( a not for profit social enterprise set up to deliver the Connecting with People emotional resilience and suicide prevention training) and Southwick Media Consultancy).
Dr Cole-King reports that the U Can Cope coalition now includes more than one hundred organisations (UK and beyond), from mental health bodies to the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the Rugby Players’ Association. The film aims to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope.
U Can Cope has been formally endorsed by the International Association of Suicide Prevention ‘Suicide and the Media Task Force’ and has been viewed 1000’s of times around the world. U Can Cope focuses on three people for whom life had become unbearable but who, after seeking help, are now leading happy lives.
Dr Cole-King explained that the film promotes 3 main messages:
1. Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts
2. There is always hope
3. There is always help
Since the film was launched, it has been seen around the world and has received academic reviews.
The film has been made in a safe and subtle way and is suitable for viewing by vulnerable people and children and young people who may unintentionally come across it on the internet or view it with adults although it is not specifically intended for children, it has been very sensitively made and complies with the media guidelines for working with stories of suicide in the media.