Suicide Prevention & World Mental Health Day 2021 - Are You Ready?

Two key wellbeing dates are fast approaching. World Suicide Prevention Day will take place on Friday September 10, and World Mental Health Day will follow closely afterwards on Sunday October 10 - this year’s theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’, which encourages us to focus on the issues that perpetuate mental health inequality locally and globally. You will start to see on your social media feeds that lots of activities are taking place around these dates and that - especially following the extraordinary events of the past 18 months - the spotlight on mental health has never shone brighter, especially in the workplace. Sadly, one in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on everyone around them - it can leave life-long scars in those left behind. However, we know that by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide globally. This must be what we all strive for. TRIGGER WARNING - the following text may trigger difficult feelings, if you experience any distress, help can be found here. This year's campaign is about 'Creating Hope Through Action' which is something our Founder Stacy believes is key when it come to supporting those who may feel suicidal. Having worked in Crisis Home Treatment, and A&E Psychiatry, Stacy has at times been at the fore front of care and treatment when it comes to those who are experiencing suicidal ideation, or have made an attempt to take their own life. Stacy has found that when working with people who feel such hopelessness, her greatest gift she can offer to them is one of hope. You see, due to Stacy's experience she has seen people recover, she has seen people get better and that healing and recovery is absolutely possible. Stacy says: 'I still get tears in my eyes when I think of carrying the hope for another - promising them that they can have something different and that I believe in them. I've seen it over and over - people recovering - that experience is incredibly powerful for someone in such distress - it provides some hope'. If you'd like to know more about what to look out for, you can read more about the warning signs here. In our talks and workshops we talk about connection, and how important it is that we connect with each other - sometimes that means being that one person who will always be there for another. WE CAN ALL be someone's one person - you can help give someone hope by showing that you care. All of us can play a role, no matter how small. Please watch the below video from IASP which highlights some key statistics about suicide and the lives that it can affect. Our team at The Performance Club would love to work with you to provide what very few do, and help your business to build upon their awareness, education and advocacy, to benefit the wellbeing and performance of both teams and individuals.Get in touch if you would like to lead by example, working with a mental health practitioner who can offer: ​

  • Advice & supervisory support for anyone managing an employee who has mental health difficulties

  • Strategy advice and guidance with regards to well-being and employee engagement

  • Bespoke training delivery on mental health, performance and wellbeing

  • Group interventions such a mindfulness

  • The first point of contact for employees with potential mental health issues including a triage, assessment & management system for those in crisis (including brief intervention to prevent hospital admission), complex cases, long term mental health conditions or those concerned about their mental health

  • Signposting to other agencies including liaison with occupational health services

We can also tailor sessions according to your business needs, and provide bespoke discussion topics for a variety of audiences. For more information on how we might be able to support you, or if you'd like to work with us over the Autumn months, please contact us at - we'd love to hear from you! Have a wonderful week ahead, and remember that small conversations can make an enormous difference.

Kind regards Stacy Thomson Founder of The Performance Club sent on behalf of all of the team

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