In a world where societal pressures often silence the cries for help, the SPSA, MyPSA, and MOH joined forces to initiate a transformative public health campaign, “Hold on to Hope.” By addressing the pervasive stigma surrounding self-harm, this campaign sought to not only raise awareness about suicide prevention but also create an inclusive environment where individuals from diverse age groups could find support and understanding.
The campaign kicked off its journey with a virtual prelude, embracing the digital realm with activities like the Poster Design Competition and Giveaway Contest. Utilizing the reach of social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Instagram, the committee shared captivating introductory posters, creating a buzz that resonated with online communities. This virtual engagement served as the first thread in the tapestry of unity the campaign aimed to weave.
The campaign culminated in a physical main event held at the vibrant Upper Atrium, Level UG, Paradigm Mall. On the pivotal day of 20th May 2023, the venue buzzed with activity from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, echoing the spirit of hope and solidarity. Five insightful health talks, focusing on suicide prevention and drug use, were conducted, illuminating the minds of the attendees. Amidst these discussions, a lively Zumba Workshop infused the atmosphere with energy, symbolizing the campaign’s vibrant approach to mental health awareness.
The event not only disseminated knowledge but also fostered interactive experiences through various booths. From “Know Your Medicine” to “Art Therapy,” and “Depression Screening” to “Kids Colouring Activity,” these booths were carefully designed to cater to participants of all ages, ensuring that each visitor found a space where their concerns were met with empathy and understanding. The “Eye Check-up” booth, manned by dedicated FOVS lecturers and students, exemplified the campaign’s commitment to holistic well-being, providing professional eye checkups and counseling to the public.
In the tapestry of life, where threads of despair often threaten to unravel the fabric of hope, the “Hold on to Hope” campaign stands tall as a beacon of resilience and support. Through collaborative efforts and compassionate outreach, the SPSA, MyPSA, and MOH have not only raised public awareness about suicide prevention but have also sowed the seeds of understanding and empathy. As the echoes of this transformative campaign reverberate through the community, they serve as a reminder that with unity, compassion, and knowledge, even the darkest corners of the mind can be illuminated with the light of hope.