Plea for submissions for ‘Book of Cope’ to help people struggling with mental health
The ‘Book of Cope’ will celebrate and share the different strategies people from West Yorkshire use to boost their mental wellbeing, to help others when facing their own challenges. The idea was developed by volunteers working on a project commissioned by West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s Suicide Prevention Programme and led by Leeds Mind.
The volunteers all have experience of the impact of suicide - either having been suicidal themselves, bereaved by suicide or have supported someone else facing mental health challenges - and came up with the idea of the book as a way of helping others feel less alone.
Volunteer Seb O’Sullivan said: “If I can help just one person, not only will it help that person but it will make a difference to their family and friends, so they don’t have to go through the trauma that nobody should have to experience. I feel we are on this beautiful planet to help others through difficult times, help them smile again, help them see hope and help them cope with whatever they are experiencing.”
Submissions for ‘Book of Cope’ are open until the end of October 2023. Suggestions for possible themes include sleep tips, nutrition, movement and exercise, relationships, cultural activities and offering hope through anecdotes and quotes. Pages can be up to A4 size, sent via email to [email protected] or posted to the Leeds Mind office.