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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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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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30 August 2018
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Are you letting your phone ruin your life?

Researchers in Canada have shown that mobile phone use is making us distracted, distant and drained. Diminishing our intellect and the quality of our personal relationships and putting our mental heal…

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15 June 2018
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Have all your employees recovered from giving birth?

Every year, around 20,000 women go through a traumatic birth experience that has lasting implications not only for their physical and mental health, but also their ability to function at work. Althou…

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11 May 2018
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Use Triage To Help Crack Mental Health Issues

This month we are delighted to have our thinking on the importance of nipping mental health issues in the bud profiled as the lead story in Occupational Health & Wellbeing magazine. The editor, Nic P…

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