The importance of good mental health and wellbeing will be highlighted on World Suicide Prevention Day this Friday (10th September).

Board24 and Cases24 will be using the day to raise awareness of the help and support available for people experiencing distress or despair, and to open up a dialogue around this complex issue.

The Wellbeing Group at Board24 have been busy creating a small box entitled “Don’t Box it up – share what’s on your mind”. The campaign aim is to encourage employees to share what’s on their mind over a brew – it’s good to talk, “because now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink, it’s about reaching out, checking in and staying connected”.

The wellbeing box contains essential information to be distributed among all employees in response to World Suicide Prevention Day. This includes information regarding Board24 and Cases24 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the services provided – counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, and self-help guides.

Emergency numbers to call during a crisis will be made available to raise awareness of services like the Samaritans Charity – providing emotional support to anyone in emotion distress or struggling to cope through their 24/7 telephone helpline.

The NHS Active Together Campaign has a range of resource to help both our mental and physical wellbeing. Employees will receive a QR code to access resources, self-help guides, and local support nearby. This valuable resource has been provided by the Leicestershire and Rutland sport which the public have free access to.

International Association for Suicide Prevention states, “One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world”.

Board24 Wellbeing Group is committed to reducing stigma associated with mental health. Their message is clear; if you or someone you know is in a dark place, don’t suffer in silence – help and support is available.  This event is dedicated to our loved ones lost to suicide and those struggling with their mental health.

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on 10 September each year and is organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation.

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