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09 November 2018

Minister for suicide won’t solve mental health crisis

Eighteen people will die in the UK and Republic of Ireland today as a result of taking their own life. With 25 times as many people feeling suicidal, but not acting on this. The scale of the problem, which makes suicide the leading cause of death for young people aged 20- to 34-years-old, has now become so serious that last month it prompted the government to announce the appointment of the UK’s first-ever Minister for Suicide Prevention. Although this might seem like a good idea, the reality is that by the time someone is prepared to end their own life several opportunities to support them have already been missed. Contrary to popular belief, people who are suicidal don’t want to die. But neither do they want to live because of the emotional pain that they’re currently experiencing. This is an important distinction, because if you can direct them towards appropriate support, before they act on their feelings of hopelessness, you can give them the opportunity to find another way out of their pain. Unfortunately, many people who are having suicidal thoughts don’t ask for help because suicide remains an incredibly taboo topic in our society. But there are several things you can do to help identify and support those at risk.

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05 October 2018
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Are You Attending Mad World?

On Tuesday (9th Oct) employers and mental health experts will gather in London to discuss what does and doesn’t work when it comes to addressing mental health issues at work. Validium will be there of…

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04 October 2018
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Boost the mental health of young workers

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10th October) is “young people and mental health in a changing world.” As the headlines in the run-up to the day will highlight, this is a…

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28 September 2018
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Employee Benefits Live 2018

Validium is a leading provider of high quality, effective Employee Assistance Programmes, Psychological Rehabilitation, Critical Incident support. We work proactively with organisations across many se…

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07 September 2018
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How to Get your Holiday Buzz Back

Most of us recognise how good these activities have made us feel and vow to turn some of them into regular habits. But as soon as we get back, life inevitably gets in the way. We stop nurturing oursel…

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