We are becoming more aware about mental ill health in the workplace, education and our families/communities. We know starting a conversation can save a life.
But what about when it’s us who needs the help? Often those who are supportive to others find it difficult to reach out.
Earlier this year I trained to be a crisis volunteer with Give Us A Shout – a text crisis line launched in the UK by HRH Prince William earlier this year. It was devised in USA by Nancy Lubin about six years ago and has proven evidence it saves lives. Crisis Text Line is now global.
For those embarrassed, isolated or just overthinking they are not worthy of help and can’t speak to anyone, this text line is a life saving solution. The Crisis Volunteers are trained to deal with every situation including worries about debt, relationships, bereavement, work, self harm, suicidal thoughts and much more.
All anyone has to do to get help from this 24/7 service is to text Shout to 85258. Pass this on to anyone you know who is suffering right now.
We’ve just had the global world suicide prevention day. But let’s not forget about the importance of noticing a change in someone and starting a conversation. People are suffering every day. Over 6,500 suicides were recorded in the UK in 2018 – over 200 young people.
In the UK employers have a legal duty of care under Health & Safety Regulations. They also have a duty of care for mental health and wellbeing of their staff under the Equalities Act 2010.
Time to talk. Time to reach out if you are suffering too.
The earliest intervention starts with a conversation.