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Greater Manchester’s Month of Hope, which is now in its fourth year, is about raising awareness of suicide by encouraging everyone in Greater Manchester to have open conversations about and play a role in preventing suicide, while inspiring hope across the city-region.

The Month of Hope is delivered as part of the Shining a Light on Suicide Campaign, which aims to bring the issue of suicide out of the dark and break the stigma that surrounds it,  following research showing that talking honestly about suicide helps save lives.

‘Words of Hope’ poetry evening. We’re supporting this event and this year it will take place at Stretford Public Hall, Chester Rd, Stretford, Manchester M32 0LG on the evening of Thursday October 6th from 19:00 to 21:00. It’s free to attend and refreshments will be available. It is close to Stretford Tram Station and on main bus routes but there is a car park for those who may require it and the building is accessible. If you would like to submit your own poems which are focused on hope. Please send them to J at safe77@hotmail.co.uk by Thursday September 22nd and we will let you know if you have been selected to share your poetry on the evening by Thursday September 29th.  Find out more

BarberTALK Training 2022. BarberTalk teaches the skills to recognise the signs that someone may be struggling with their mental health and how to help clients find the support they need. NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care Suicide Prevention Programme has invited Tom Chapman, of The Lions Barber Collective charity, to return to Manchester in person to offer face to face free training to barbers/hair professionals in Greater Manchester on the afternoon of Monday September 12th 2022. Find out more

Lions Barber Pop-Up Barbershop at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station. On Tuesday 13th September 2022, 10am-6pm, the Lion Barbers Collective will be running a Pop-up Barbers at Manchester Piccadilly train Station as part of Greater Manchester’s Shining a Light on Suicide Campaign’s Month of Hope. Tom Chapman, Founder of The Lions Barber Collective and his Ambassadors, will be offering free haircuts while raising awareness and breaking down the stigma around mental health. No booking is required.

Manchester Art Gallery to display the Speak Their Name Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt. The Speak Their Name Greater Manchester Suicide Memorial Quilt will be on display at Manchester Art Gallery from the September 10th, World Suicide Prevention Day, for a week and is free to view. Find out more

The £1.7 Million Pound Haircut – a documentary like no other about suicide. When barber, Tom Chapman, lost a friend, discovered a hidden injustice and started a global movement. This is a film about hope. Where barbers save lives one haircut at a time. On September 12th starting at 18:30 (finishing at 20:00)t Ducie Street Warehouse as part of our Month of Hope activities, we will be screening the documentary £1.7 Million Pound Haircut. Find out more

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 Virtual Event. You are invited to join us for our World Suicide Prevention Day virtual event taking place 10:00 to 12:00 (noon) on September 9th on Microsoft Teams. Find out more

 Book of Hope crafting workshop at Manchester Art Gallery. As part of NHS Greater Manchester’s Month of Hope from the 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day to 10th October World Mental Health Day, Textile Artists Rebecca Jackson and Sara Hindhaugh, will be running a crafting workshop to assist you in making an individual cloth Book of Hope at Manchester Art Gallery on Sunday September 11th 13:00 to 15:30. Find out more

Kooth and Qwell webinar. This free webinar is for professionals who work with young people and adults across Greater Manchester who want to find out more about the free and online mental health support available. The webinar takes place on September 12th from 2pm to 3pm. The webinar offers an in-depth exploration of the Kooth and Qwell services that are available for free to anybody in Greater Manchester over the age of 10. It will include an in-depth look at: Community support resources; Self-help tools; Practitioner assisted interventions; Case studies with a focus on suicide prevention; Q&A session. Find out more

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