The Kaleidoscope Plus Group are delighted to announce that they have formalised their partnership with SOS – Silence Of Suicide.
SOS was founded by Michael Mansfield QC and Yvette Greenway, following the death of Michael’s daughter by suicide in May 2015.
The initiative aims to facilitate open discourse and raise awareness of the impact of suicide on both those who have suicidal feelings and those who have been bereaved by suicide.
SOS and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group (KPG) have been working together on joint campaigns to eradicate the stigma of mental illness and suicide and have now reached a point where they believe their partnership should be on a more formal basis.
SOS, which will still be spearheaded by Michael and Yvette, will come under The Kaleidoscope Plus Group brand and will be delivered as one of its services.
Michael is pleased about the new found partnership between the organisations and said: “I had been toying about the future status of SOS and whether I should turn the initiative into a legal entity of its own, however given that our aims and those of KPG are synonymous, it seems to make sense for SOS to sit under their brand.
“KPG deliver exemplary health and wellbeing services across many communities and I am confident that with their infrastructural support, SOS will be able to realise its aims”.
Yvette added: “Many followers of SOS are always asking how can they help but I have to remind them we are not a charity, however with this new found relationship with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, I urge all who support us to donate anything they can to The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.”
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group believe that the importance of acknowledging, understanding and funding mental health services should be high on the agendas of decision makers and that those who affected are empowered to seek help and not shamed into silence.
Our Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq is also thrilled about the new partnership with SOS and believes it will be a productive and successful relationship in raising awareness of mental health.
She said: “With one person taking their own life every 40 seconds across the globe and over 90% of these deaths being related to individuals experiencing a mental health condition, much more needs to be done.
“Over the coming months, we will begin delivering drop ins for those affected by suicide across the black country which will then be extended to other parts of the country.
“The charity looks forward to working alongside SOS and together we can create brighter futures together!”