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Sharing messages of hope for mental health and wellbeing

Press Release: 22/09/2022

PEOPLE are invited to join a Tameside Walk of Hope on Monday 10 October for World Mental Health Day.
They are also being encouraged to share messages of hope – highlighting how they look after their own mental health – on social media using the hashtag #TamesideRaysofHope as well as taking the Zero Suicide Alliance free Suicide Awareness Training.
Tameside Council has worked with local partners to organise the activities as part of Greater Manchester Month of Hope, which is running from World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2022 until World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2022.
The Walk of Hope will take place at Stamford Park, Stalybridge, on Monday 10 October from 4-7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to book onto the free event, which will run from 4-7.30pm in Highfield Pavilion with the actual walk starting at 5.30pm.
There will be a display of messages of hope shared during the month – using the #TamesideRaysofHope hashtag – at the event as well as information stalls and representatives from local organisations that support the community. Light refreshments will be provided.
To book onto the event see: Tameside Walk of Hope Tickets, Mon 10 Oct 2022 at 16:00 | Eventbrite
The theme of the Month of Hope is ‘Hope through Action’ and people are being encouraged to share positive actions/activities they do to look after their own mental health – such as talking to friends, getting outdoors or enjoying hobbies – using the hashtag #TamesideRaysofHope. These messages will be collected and displayed at the Walk of Hope Event.
People are also welcome to share messages in memory of loved ones lost through suicide, using the #TamesideRaysofHope hashtag.
Finally, everyone is urged to take the free 20 minutes Zero Suicide Alliance Suicide Awareness Training to help them support people who may need help. The training can be accessed at:
Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for population health Cllr Eleanor Wills said: “Mental health and wellbeing is something that affects us all. This is an opportunity to come together, talk about our experiences of mental health and wellbeing, remember those we have lost to suicide, and to share messages of hope for the future.
“I would love to see lots of people at the walk but if you can’t make the event, you can still be involved and have a positive impact by sharing a message of hope on social media and raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing among your own network of friends, family and colleagues.
“Finally please do take the free suicide awareness training, it doesn’t take long but it will really help and guide you to support someone who may need help.
“My own message of hope is that I hope to continue on my own weightloss journey, having lost 60lbs so far this year I’m feeling healthier and happier”
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