In preparation for this year's World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council's Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives.
Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital 'Book of Hope', together with signposting to local mental health services and support. The project will be unveiled at an event 'Walk For A Life' at Somerset County Cricket Ground on Saturday 10 September.
The event aims to raises awareness of suicide in Somerset and is supported by partners including Somerset Foundation Trust, Open Mental Health and Stepladder. On the day, attendees will walk a route through Taunton Town Centre in memory of all those impacted by suicide within the County. They will then end the walk at the Somerset County Cricket Ground, where a number of local partners and stakeholders will be on hand to offer information and advice.
"World Suicide Prevention Day is a day to raise awareness of how we can help each other and reduce the stigma that surrounds talking about suicide. The theme this year is 'creating hope through action' and we hope that by reaching out to communities in Somerset and creating our Book of Hope, we can create a valuable resource which could support others through difficult times in the future."
"By encouraging understanding, reaching in and sharing experiences, we want to give people the confidence to take action. To prevent suicide requires us to become a beacon of light to those in pain. You can be the light."
Please send your contributions to BookOfHope@somerset.gov.uk using the subject "Book of Hope"
Or tag them in your posts on social media using the hashtag #SomersetBookOfHope