Giving something back

According to Gallup’s research (2017) organisations with high employee engagement achieve 10% higher customer satisfaction, 17% higher productivity, 20% higher sales and 21% higher profitability and businesses at the top of the league table achieve earnings per share growth that is more than four times that of their competitors. No real surprises there though, we […]

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Why can’t you just …..

Regardless of the job we do or the industry we work in, there will come a point when we might have to have a difficult conversation. That might be with a member of the team who is not performing well, or is having frequent short term absences or is suddenly behaving inappropriately at work. It […]

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The Big Listen

Today sees the launch of #TheBigListen by the Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/media-centre/big-listen – and I would urge you, if you can, to spare a few pounds and support their marvellous work because that listening thing that they do, really can save lives. They don’t JUST listen, they talk to, but in a way that encourages you to talk […]

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Thriving or surviving or worse …

You may well have read the report from the  independent review on mental health at work conducted by Stevenson & Farmer  in 2017. In the report certain recommendations were made for employers who were serious about the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. I thought it might be worthwhile just sharing some of the […]

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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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