Thursday is World Mental Health Day
and this year’s focus is suicide and suicide prevention
as close to 800,000 people take their own lives every year - that is one person every 40 seconds.
Sadly suicide is the leading cause of death of people aged 20 to 34 in the UK and the leading cause of death in men aged under 50 - clearly we are not talking about this enough!
Although I do not cover suicide prevention in coaching as this is a severe mental health concern and should be treated by a professionals such as psychologists and counsellors, it is an area that I feel incredibly passionate about after suffering from depression. I now work with many clients (1 to 1 coaching and in groups) to improve confidence, self-esteem and build resilience & create stress management toolkits.
What can organisations
do to help their employees who may be struggling with emotional wellbeing concerns?
World Health Organisation is asking everyone to take 40 seconds
(literally less than a minute) to show that they care by:
of suicide as a global health problemImproving knowledge
of what can be done to prevent suicideReduce the stigma
of suicideBe there
for anyone they know who is struggling - they are not alone.Take 40 seconds to formulate a positive message of support
to your employees about resources available to them in the workplace or local community in times of mental distress.Do you want your leaders to hear your request for action? Record a 40-second audio clip or video telling them the action
you want them to take on suicide prevention and mental health. Use your social media
platform and share mental health stories and messages.Utilise lines of communication
in your workplace - team meetings, emails, communication channels, posters - anything that raises awareness and points your team to where they can get help.Create a well being programme
for your company - contact me today to see how I can help you improve your team's emotional well being and mental health
How can you help?
Simply by asking “How are you?”
to anyone you know who you think may be struggling - the key is to ask twice
as due to the stigma attached to suicide many people suffering refuse to open up - so ask again. If they are still unwilling (and many will be) then suggest they contact an organisation such as: SANE
http://www.sane.org.uk or call them on 0300 304 7000
For many people they feel stressed, anxious and depressed
and this can spiral for them. I aim to stop them getting to that stage through confidence coaching, impact workshops and self-esteem seminars
as help people create ways to help them cope with stress and improve their self-esteem.
Coaching can help people who are feeling stronger
by looking to and planning their future - we break it down into easy to manage steps so they do not feel overwhelmed and we create healthy habits and a positive mindset
. If you are ready to move on to the next stage then get in touch today to see how confidence and career coaching can help you.
Get in touch today if you want to improve your self-esteem, courage and confidence when dealing with set-backs, work challenges and life in general.
Fundamentally, no-one should ever feel that they need to take their own life. I hope with coaching, raising awareness and running resilience and confidence workshops that I can enable and empower people create ways to help them cope with stress and improve their self-esteem.
For more ideas and resources check out Time To Change
that aims to end mental health discrimmination @TimeToChange: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/get-your-workplace-involved/resources/mental-health-calendar/wmhd