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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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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