Winter solstice – a time to reflect, rejuvenate and look forward

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness” Today is the winter solstice, celebrating the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun, (a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection), and a great time to light that candle. In Pagan times the winter solstice was referred to as Yule […]

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Need not want

So I mentioned in my blog post yesterday that self care is about doing what we need – ie making sure that we are taking good care of ourselves – rather than doing what we “want” – and I thought it was worth just exploring that idea a little further so that we can dispel […]

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Self care – isn’t that just being selfish?

Self care is not a new concept – it’s been around a while – even quotes attributed to Socrates who was born in 470 BC refer to it so why do we struggle so much with it? We accept that we can only be the best version of ourselves and can only look after others […]

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Triggers. Yes, those.

Before I knew better I always thought when someone spoke of their “triggers” it was like a memory of a past event that was “triggered” by finding themselves in a similar situation, and I guess it is, but actually, I now know, it’s also much more. A trigger is defined in the dictionary as “a […]

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Office meeting

Prevention, intervention and postvention – an HR position

The majority of people who die by suicide are of working age, and only one third of them will have a diagnosed mental health problem – and “employers owe a duty of care to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees. It is the right thing to do and makes good business sense. Understanding […]

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Stress Awareness Week

Next week (5 – 9th November) is dedicated to raising awareness around stress – and stress itself isn’t always a bad thing, a moderate amount of stress can help us perform better. Stress is only healthy though if it is short lived so at what point does stress become distress? Stress is not an illness […]

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Burst that toxic bubble

Death by suicide and suicidal behaviour are a worldwide problem; depending on which research you read, suicide often appears in the top 10 causes of death and various papers describe the groups of people who are statistically more at risk, but whichever paper you read or media piece that you refer to, death by suicide […]

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Pull up your big girl pants!

Say what you mean

Crucial Conversations can take on many forms and have quite wide and varied outcomes. It may be that as a manager you are disappointed by someone’s poor performance and need to have a conversation to correct it; it could be a member of staff has a poor attendance record and in the return to work […]

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Back to school

This weekend lots of young people will be leaving home for the first time to go to University – perhaps their first ever time away from home, first time of living independently without parents or carers close at hand. I remember the first day for my son – a mixture of excitement, anticipation, anxiety and […]

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A taste of my own medicine

Free Fruit Friday and taking a dose of my own medicine today – I know that next week will be hectic with webinars and workshops and the media will be full of World Suicide Prevention Day stuff, I hope – so I am logging off and checking out at lunch time today …. spending some […]

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The lowest risk of suicide

I wonder if I have cracked it? I’ve been getting super frustrated with the number of companies who have simply not engaged with our offer (free, cheap or otherwise) around suicide prevention skills and despite report after report, statistic after statistic, still certain employers tell me “It’s not on our agenda.” As you know I […]

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If you can’t say it, how will you help prevent it?

I have a belief which is actually supported by research, that people are reluctant to talk about suicide and having thoughts of suicide.  I was recently talking to a lovely HR lady who is very capable and caring and after our conversation she realised that she had conducted a Return to Work interview with an […]

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