Think back to a really special time in your life – or a really difficult time – what made it special or what made the difference between coping and not? Our relationships with the people we love, family and friends, communities and special places is what makes life fun and if times are hard – bearable.
Dr Alys Cole-King, on behalf of Connecting with People says “Strong relationships and a sense of belonging are not only desirable but vital to emotional wellbeing. People with positive wellbeing and a good support system are likely to have fewer health problems. Reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act. This is especially relevant to people who are isolated and in distress. The #ConnectingWith campaign will raise awareness that strong relationships, connectedness and a sense of belonging are powerful protective factors against suicide. “
To mark WSPD and to launch the #ConnectingWith campaign @AlysColeKing will be undertaking a 24 hour live Tweetathon from 08.00 BST on 10th September to raise awareness and connect with collaborators and fellow Twitter enthusiasts around the globe! All welcome to join in using the #ConnectingWith hashtag. The tweetathon is supporting the Matthew Elvidge Trust for their suicide prevention work - donations can be made here - thank you for your support.