During this time of limited physical contact with others and prolonged period of home working, it’s easy to feel that we’re on our own. We can feel like a burden when speaking to colleagues via email or Teams, which can lead to us not reaching out and asking for help.
It’s important to know that even though we’re all apart, you are not alone. It’s more important than ever that we’re open and take time to talk about our mental health and how we are doing. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 in the UK and is significantly higher in men.
Suicide can be prevented, and talking and reaching out is the first step to helping. This suicide prevention day, reach out. Check on your friend or co-worker and ask how they are. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, we urge you to make an emergency appointment with your GP or contact the crisis team at your local hospital. In an emergency you should call 999 or go to any A&E department.
The Council have also launched a Staff Well-being Helpline to help our staff, elected members and core partners. The Well-being Helpline offers three levels of support for our mental and physical well-being. Our well-being advisers can signpost to RCT Source learning and other online help, the second level provides coaching for a range of things including fitness plans with our leisure team for example and the third level provides a call with one of our qualified clinicians such as Counsellors and Physiotherapists.
The helpline is available Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 6:00. Contact details and more information can be found here.