Bereavement by Suicide

I tend to post a weekly post on LinkedIn for my Self Care Sunday – a day without obligation, without appointments or commitments, a day to reflect, recover, recharge, renew and prepare for the week ahead – mentally and emotionally. I had already planned today’s post – believe it or not I do plan, sometimes! […]

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Feed a fish for a day …

60% of employees report that they have suffered mental ill health as a result of the workplace. Whether overloaded with tasks and to do lists, feeling undermined or even bullied by their boss, struggling to deal with the day to day pressure of a difficult job, or simply expected to be available 24/7 by their […]

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What do I say to my suicidal friend?

I now know how GP’s feel when they go to dinner parties and folk want to show them their rash or ask about their condition … since I qualified as a suicide prevention trainer with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training, I have had different people ask me “”What’s the best thing to do […]

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It’s just like Harry Potter

That word. A complete taboo. If anyone remembers Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough with their Cissie and Ada sketches? If you are old enough to remember, you will recall that whenever they said a taboo word or “rude” word, they would lower their voices, mouth the word carefully, lower their eyes and then look around […]

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UK Universities and their suicide rates

A report today has revealed that there were 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales.  Let me say that again. 95 young people died by suicide during that time – that is two deaths every week at University – and we know that those are recorded […]

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St Helens has the 4th highest suicide rate in England

After reading in her local newspaper that St Helen’s has the fourth highest suicide rate(*) in England, Suicide Intervention Trainer Andrea Newton is offering to give back to her home town and community. (*St Helens Star, 11th June 2018_) Andrea says: “Suicide is one of the most preventable deaths. We are happy to offer support […]

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We all make mistakes

I’m not a football fan. Wrong shaped ball, wrong shaped men for me … however, I ended up watching the European Cup Final on Saturday and I am worried. I recently completed training and research to get my Suicide Intervention qualification. I learned that there are specific factors that lead to someone having suicidal thoughts […]

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What’s your why?

So many times over the years I have read about “finding your why” and “your purpose” and to be honest, have rolled my eyes and moved on – seeing “vocation” or “calling” as some sort of woo-woo pink and fluffy thing and not something that a Northern bird with a season ticket to Rugby League […]

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Managing Mental Ill Health

Today has been a most marvellous day. I was excited this morning, even enough to get me through the traffic on the M62 and into Manchester where day one of our Mental Health Awareness Week got underway at 9am. Today I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with managers who want to make […]

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Mixing them together to make a fantastic recipe!

I am a big fan of rhubarb and also ginger, add them together in a gin, splash in some tonic, and it’s an awesome mix! Lots of things are good on their own – but if you can combine them, sometimes you can create an even better outcome! Now I don’t know who looks after the […]

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New beginnings

What gives January 1st the right to be the day we all make new resolutions and set new goals?  I’m standing up for the 1st April and demanding equality and that it is seen as a potential “new start date” – as a day of rebirth and renewal given it is Easter too. So if […]

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It’s good to talk

Harrowing but demonstrates the harsh reality. Figures on top of the ITV building in London to represent the 84 men who, statistically, take their own lives each week in the UK. Statistically you are more likely to meet someone having suicidal thoughts than needing CPR and just as with CPR skills, you can learn the […]

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