What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th each year, aiming to promote worldwide action to stop suicide.
Why is it happening?
In 2017, there were almost 6,000 lives lost to suicide in the UK alone. This means that an average 15 people take their own life every single day (Samaritans). Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and something that is devastating for families and communities.
Talking about suicide can be a taboo topic with those feeling suicidal not wanting to share how they feel or to burden someone close to them. Speaking about the issue helps to remove that barrier and start a dialogue that can direct away from suicide. “Evidence shows asking someone if they're suicidal can protect them. They feel listened to, and hopefully less trapped. Their feelings are validated, and they know that somebody cares about them. Reaching out can save a life.” (Rory O'Connor, Professor of Health Psychology at Glasgow University)
How can GroceryAid help?
GroceryAid provides a confidential 24/7 Helpline, 365 days a year for anyone who is working or has worked within the grocery trade, regardless of length of service. This free service provides emotional and practical support to help through a difficult time.
GroceryAid offers online wellbeing support, hosted by RightSteps, that assists a wide range of mind, body and behaviour topics including anxiety and stress.
The support is free to access from our website and provides evidence-based interventions which help colleagues develop personal resilience and self-management techniques to improve wellbeing.
For people who need a more in-depth approach to mental wellbeing; GroceryAid can provide those who meet our eligibility criteria with an assessment call and, if appropriate, up to six sessions of telephone counselling.
Stress, anxiety and depression support
Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), GroceryAid can offer a course from SilverCloud. This programme is made up of online modules with a wide range of interactive tools and apps including; quizzes, journal, videos, mindfulness exercises and interactive charts. The course will help you understand the link between how you think and how this influences your feelings and your behaviour. The programme teaches strategies to help you cope better in the short term and workable skills for life so that you can face the future with confidence.
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