September is National Suicide Prevention month, it’s a time to raise awareness, reach out to those affected by suicide, reduce stigma and share resources and stories. 800,000 people die by suicide globally every year, with the UK recording 5,691 suicides last year alone. Not surprising the number of cases globally have risen this year due to the pandemic.
Prolonged isolation, feelings of despair, financial loss, and stress have only been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Business leaders are in a unique position to help prevent workplace suicides, provide a social and emotional support network and create work environments that protect their employees.
Often people are afraid to talk about mental health issues, as they feel they could be faced with prejudice and discrimination. We need to build a work culture where people are encouraged to talk openly about how they feel, and to ask for help without the fear of being judged.
Businesses have had to evolve and adopt new methods of flexible working, which has been beneficial for many; lending more time with families, less time commuting and working safely from the comfort of our own homes. But it has also brought about its own set of challenges; employee isolation, blurred home/work balance and lack of communication.
The global health crisis has changed nearly everything, including how we interact in the workplace. We can now have meetings with anyone in the world at any time, host and attend virtual events and have a networking coffee all on a video calling platform. Technology has made us more connected than ever but has reduced our potential for creating deep and meaningful relationships and engagements with others.
To ensure organisations remain resilient through these challenging times, managers need to be trained on how to spot symptoms of poor psychological health and how to keep themselves and others safe. Individually tailored mental health and wellbeing programmes and/or workshops should be a strategic priority for any organisation. To gain support or advice on implementing a bespoke package for your organisation please click here to discuss your options.
As we see the government’s furlough scheme start to unwind, rates of unemployment and job insecurities rise; employers need to implement strong social support measures for colleagues to ensure their mental health wellbeing, connectedness and their sense of belonging to help reduce anxiety, stress and depression.
We understand that many people have already been made redundant and are now navigating the new reality of finding work in this ever-changing environment. We are creating a free webinar: Love Your Job, Own Your Career, which is suited to anyone who has been made redundant, is at risk of losing their job or is feeling the stress and anxiety of job insecurity. The webinar will give you advice on how to build resilience and self-esteem.
Please click here and fill out our contact form to find out more and to obtain webinar dates.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.