Suicide and Holby City

I’m not a big TV viewer – I tend to get hooked into 3-6 part series as that is as long as my attention goes …. I have never been one for soaps or regular viewing except of course my beloved Casualty. No idea why but I watch every episode and have done since the […]

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Cumulative Stress or Trigger Stacking

Please don’t ever make the mistake of comparing what happened to someone else and judging that you coped with it so why can’t they. I work in dog rescue, as many of you know, and I see all sorts of sad situations arise with dogs who have come from a past where they have not […]

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#WSPD18

World Suicide Prevention Day is 10th September and with the intention of raising awareness about this taboo topic we are offering two FREE webinars that day for anyone keen to increase their own knowledge to help someone having thoughts of suicide. The webinar lasts for 60 minutes and you can login from anywhere in the […]

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A parent’s absolute worst nightmare

You will no doubt have seen the media coverage and perhaps read more about the tragic deaths in U.K. University students this last year? As a mother with a child at University, and yes, he is 21 but still very much my child, I was very distressed to see how a young man had had […]

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#saytheword

For the last 18 years I’ve been helping organisations to encourage those difficult conversations. I carry a belief that if stuff doesn’t get aired, it doesn’t get dealt with, so whether a performance issue, an absence pattern or an unexpected change in behaviour, muttering about it to your mate behind your hand fixes nowt! Whatever […]

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He Who Shall Not Be Named

If you are familiar with the Harry Potter books and movies, you will know of Voldemort. Nearly every witch or wizard dares not utter his unmentionable name, and refers to him instead with such expressions as “You-Know-Who“, “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” or “the Dark Lord“. The theory being that speaking his name adds to his power and so by […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 #WSPD18

4 weeks today. Save the date maybe even help save a life? Now wouldn’t that be a thing. Monday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day – an opportunity to raise awareness and help more people become alert to the signs and symptoms of suicide and what they might do to help. My plan is […]

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GUEST BLOG:- Social Media and our Mental Health

Today’s blog is from a respected colleague who has the aura of someone confident, capable and who has got their shit together ….. imagine if she was not. Imagine if she was living with depression or anxiety and felt lonely and hopeless, then what? My Love-Hate relationship with Social Media “I joined Facebook around 9 […]

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She’s behaving oddly?

This morning you had your monthly team meeting – usual agenda, usual feedback, usual catch ups. Apart from that awkward moment when you saw her lost in her own thoughts and not paying attention to the meeting and you had to ask her the question twice before you got a reply. Even then the reply […]

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Just doing my job

So today you are on the phone, just doing your job, and you have to remind a client that they are in arrears with their payments. You have been tasked with bringing down the arrears on your cases so you are ready to have this conversation and stick to your point. You have gathered all […]

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Post Trauma Support – PTSD

I have the privilege of an ongoing contract with the Fire Service and am always in complete awe of the situations that those people deal with on an almost daily basis. Over the last 12 months I have chatted to them about this terrible tragedy and heard their thoughts and opinions as professionals who are […]

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Underneath that poor performance

So you finally get chance to sit down with Joe and discuss the concerns you have about their performance. You let them know the standards that are expected compared to the standards that they have been delivering, you offer specific examples and give them evidence of your concerns. Joe does not disagree with you. He […]

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