Southwick Media Consultancy is very proud to have played a role in the formation of U Can Cope, a new campaign to help people who are facing personal difficulties and mental health problems.

U Can Cope is being launched at the Houses of Parliament this month and we are attending the event, as media partner.

At the centre of the campaign is a film, produced by Southwick Media with funding from more than 20 leading organisations in the field of mental health. They united with the aim of highlighting the needs of those who are on the brink, people who feel emotionally low, vulnerable and in need of help. The film was commissioned to spread a positive message of hope and recovery.

In the video, three people tell the compelling stories of how they felt when life got difficult, how they coped, and how their lives have been transformed.

The three case studies bravely give deeply personal accounts of their feelings and their emotional journey.

The narrator is Linda Nolan, who is no stranger to the subject, and has spoken of her own moments of despair after the deaths of her husband and her mother.

We would like to thank everyone for their comments about the film. We are pleased to have contributed to something which has had such a deep impact on people’s lives.

“This is an excellent film which meets several important objectives, such as increasing awareness of symptoms of depression and risk factors associated with suicidal behaviour, and it will have a positive impact on reducing stigma associated with depression and suicidal behaviour.”
Ella Arensman, Vice President, The International Association for Suicide Prevention

“An inspiring film on how to cope when life is difficult. There is probably rarely something more inspiring than a story told by someone who has experienced what he or she is talking about….A core strength of this film is that it gives a truly personal perspective on crises, suicidal thoughts and on how to cope with most difficult life situations. The personal stories of individuals who managed to cope with adverse circumstances clearly show that giving it a try and seeking help in adverse circumstances indeed can change one’s life for the better.”
Dr Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, who researches the role of mass media in suicide prevention

“An emotive and inspiring film which we hope will achieve its aim in helping to demystify mental illness and give hope and encouragement to those who are struggling to cope with their problems. The three participants in the film all mention the vital part that talking to other people about their situation played in their recovery…The film also highlights the importance of early intervention in treating depression and anxiety.”
The British Association for Counseling & Psychotherapy

“The film is excellent, so professionally produced, and it packs a powerful and poignant message. The British Association of Social Workers is very pleased to have been involved in the project. Social workers work with some of the most vulnerable people in society, both adults and children. The film is helpful for social workers to raise their awareness of suicide and the risk of suicide. It is particularly helpful that the three people expressing their views in the film talk about the link between pressures in their lives, depression and how drugs and alcohol are so often is used by people to try and cope, but of course it has the opposite effect. It is great that the film has reached out across the world.”
The British Association of Social Workers

“I give my full support to the U Can Cope campaign. The film is excellent. I am sure, for those that come across the film, it will have a positive impact on reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues and suicidal behaviour enabling people to respond more compassionately to those struggling with these problems. The personal stories of those depicted in the film and how they managed to cope with their situations and feelings will hopefully inspire others to seek help early, while the expert statements give the campaign a broader context.”
Dr Ann John, Chair of the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm Prevention to the Welsh Government