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The final workplace taboo? Stigma is stopping effective suicide prevention

MHFA England’s new research, among 2,000 people in work, found many don’t know what to do if they’re concerned a colleague is thinking of suicide. A third of people surveyed (33%) believe incorrectly that asking about suicide can put the idea in someone’s head. Only one in ten (13%) know to ask a colleague they are worried about whether they have a plan to end their life and nearly 40% admitted they didn’t know if asking this question was the right thing to do.  However, all the evidence[3]  shows that asking someone, who has a plan to take their own life, a direct question about suicide can save their life.

Contributor: Simon Blake, Chief Executive - MHFA England | Published: 10 September 2023

Worrying rise in the levels of suicidal thoughts amongst employees

As many as 90 employees in a 1,000-person organisation may be experiencing suicidal thoughts in 2023, an increase on 2022 levels. An expert in safeguarding and suicidal thoughts training has advised how employers can support their workforce amidst this public health challenge.

Contributor: Charlie Whitaker - Virtual College by Netex | Published: 7 September 2023

Employers urged to help working carers avoid crisis point

“This kind of advance planning represents a significant change. And will hopefully go some way towards addressing the fact that far too many self-funders end up running down their savings to almost nothing”

Contributor: Vanessa Sallows, Claims & Governance Director - Legal & General Group Protection | Published: 2 September 2023

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Top 10 financial concerns revealed

Financial worries are among the most common reasons for people to seek support and advice from our counsellors, and we’ve seen a steady rise in the number of calls received.

Contributor: Bertrand Stern-Gillet, CEO - Health Assured | Published: 25 July 2023

How can you spot loneliness?

Loneliness is an issue that needs addressing from all elements of society, including by employers. From November 2022 to February 2023 people between 16-29 and 30-49 were more likely to report feeling lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’ than the oldest (70+). This was not the case in the previous quarter. With so much of our lives being spent at work, finding connections in the workplace is key to addressing feelings of loneliness.   Millions of people in the UK are affected by loneliness. To coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week (12th-16th June), management consultant and Founder of WorkingWell, Lesley Cooper shares some tips on how leaders can reduce loneliness in the workplace.

Contributor: Katy Orr - Contributor | Published: 23 June 2023

Africa employees access mental wellbeing support more than Asia, Europe and US

Employees in Africa are most likely to make use of workplace psychosocial support. This is followed closely by employees in North America, then Europe and LATAM. The area with the lowest uptake for psychosocial support is the APAC region.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, Head of International - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 17 June 2023

Remember, men need support too

It is estimated that the average person spends one-third of their life at work so businesses cannot ignore the influence of burnout, stress, work-family conflict, financial instability, over-demanding job expectations, conflict and poor work interactions on their employees’ mental (and physical) health. With Men’s Health Week (12th - 18th June) around the corner, Thom Dennis, CEO of Serenity in Leadership, shares what are some of the influencing factors facing men’s mental health and how the C-Suite can actively help.

Contributor: Thom Dennis - Serenity In Leadership and Chris Hemmings, Psychotherapist and Men’s Specialist Coach | Published: 16 June 2023

Firms urged to think seriously about mental health as “a systemic risk”

Almost a quarter of the UK’s largest listed employers have improved their performance on workplace mental health overall in the past year, and almost half now recognise the link between financial wellbeing and the mental health of their employees, according to the second annual CCLA Corporate Mental Health Benchmark- UK 100, published today.  

Contributor: Amy Browne, Stewardship Lead - CCLA | Published: 12 June 2023

Employers and employees are not on the same page on wellbeing priorities

“This necessitates a different way of informing wellbeing programme design and implementation; balancing the traditional route of what employers think is best - primarily informed by competitor programmes - with data that zooms inward, focusing on the work, work culture and workforce.”

Contributor: Jo Elphick, Marketing Director - Group Protection, Legal & General Retail | Published: 11 June 2023