Workplace Free Online Resources

Havant and East Hants Mind have designed and developed a programme of support and activities, in partnership with Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight Public Health. We aim to encourage and support employers and employees to raise awareness about suicide prevention and create opportunities for early intervention.

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £56 billion each year (2021), compared to £45billion in 2019. (Deliotte April 22)

A 2021 survey by Mind of over 40,000 staff working across 114 organisations taking part in a Workplace Wellbeing Index revealed that two in five (41 per cent) employees said their mental health had worsened during the pandemic (Deloitte April 22)

Over 700,000 people take their own life each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds (World Health Organization) 

115 people die by suicide in the UK every week – with 75% of those deaths being male (ONS)

It is important that we:

  • Reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace and promote help seeking behaviour
  • Increase awareness of the support and opportunities available, specifically within high-risk industries
  • Increase the number of suicide prevention conversations at work
  • Embed suicide prevention within company culture and offer suggestions in achieving this
  • Promote the use of tools and resources to help maintain good emotional wellbeing within the workplace

eGuide

This eGuide is designed to assist organisations in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their employees and reducing the risk of suicide.

Scan the QR code for the eGuide

By implementing the strategies outlined in the eGuide – businesses, public sector organisations, and charitable institutions can create a workplace culture that prioritises good mental health and wellbeing, as well as adopting strategies to effectively support those at risk with mental health crisis and suicide prevention. 

This eGuide provides guidance on taking positive actions and fostering a greater understanding of how to support individuals who may require additional assistance.

You will be able to deliver an approach across your workforce, that fits the needs of your organisation, using the best free resources possible.

Workshops

Individual Suicide Safety Plans

A safety plan encompasses strategies and support systems (for an individual) which can be used during a crisis. It may involve techniques to distract oneself from overwhelming thoughts of suicide, methods to which create a safer immediate environment or situation, contacts to reach out to during difficult times, and actions to take in emergency situations.

The links below offer three different safety plans all allowing a stepped approach for an individual, designed to address various levels of ideation and to keep yourself safe.

Havant and East Hants Mind have a safety plan in Word and pdf formats

Hopeline UK have developed a suicide safety plan. Hopeline safety plan

A safety plan overview to which an individual can complete as their own individual plan of action. Every life matters safety plan

A safety plan template produced by Papyrus.  Papyrus Safety plan

Wellness Action Plans

Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs) offer a simple and practical approach to supporting individuals’ mental health at work. WAPs can help you create a supportive environment for all workplace staff. By working on a WAP and sharing this with a line manager/colleague it enables practical steps to be shared to ensure support is there when someone is not feeling their best.

At Havant and East Hants Mind every staff member will complete a WAP with their line manager and we also promote this tool across all of the workplaces we work with. Wellness Action Plan

Toolkits

Mental Health at work toolkits (prevent suicide, financial wellbeing, practical tips) Various toolkits

A mental health and money toolkit. Mental health and money

HSE Stress Talking toolkits – designed to help managers talk with workers as overall approach to preventing and managing work related stress. Stress talking toolkits

Engage for Success – Inspiring people and workplaces to thrive, promoting employee engagement. Engage for Success Tools

Mental Health at Work – A great resource, with various tools and stories to support businesses. Mental Health at Work Tools

Policy and risk assessment examples

WASP – Workplace Awareness of Suicide Prevention – Downloadable Suicide in the Workplace policy example . WASP

HSE risk assessment (stress). Stress risk assessment example

HSE Managing Risks 

ACAS policy examples

Mental Health Problems

World Health Organisation – Fact sheets on mental health disorders. Mental Health Fact Sheets

National Mind – A-Z on mental health problems Types of mental health problems – Mind

NHS Mental Health conditions – MH conditions 

Law and legislation

Equalities Act information – what employers need to know and the reasonable adjustments to put in place. Equalities Act 2010

ACAS – understanding mental health and law. ACAS supporting mental health

Health and Safety at Work Act HSAWA

Management Standards – HSE

Guidance
Other useful links

Hub of Hope provides a comprehensive list of services available in your area.

Citizens Advice a nation wide service with local offices providing free support and advice.

No Limits – Young People offer free information, advice and help to children & young people under the age of 26 in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. Whatever your issue, whether it’s around mental health, housing and homelessness, sexual health, substance use, money, or anything else, our trained youth workers are available to support, advise and educate you, helping you to grow in confidence, manage your life and build a brighter future.

Amparo means ‘shelter’ or ‘safe haven’ in Spanish and provides support for anyone affected by suicide. Support can be provided one-to-one, to family groups, groups of colleagues or peers – whatever is preferred by you and is most appropriate to your situation.

Samaritans Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free.

Calm stands together with everyone who’s struggling with life, no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through. And we do it through our life-saving services, national campaigns, and by building communities.

National suicide prevention is an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and self-harm, and support those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Help is at hand provides support for people bereaved through suicide or other unexplained death, and for those helping them.

Resources for survivors provides reading material about the experiences of others to help them feel less alone, to understand more about what is happening and be aware of what help is available.

Support after suicide vision is that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support.

Signposting

Get mental health help – NHS 111

Samaritans call free 116123 available 24/7

Shout – text SHOUT to 85258 available 24/7

Hard Hat (construction specific) text HARDHAT to 85258 available 24/7

Lighthouse Club (construction industry helpline) – 0345 605 1956

Adults’ Safe Haven – Havant & East Hants Mind 0300 303 1560 available  6-10pm.  A drop-in service is also available during these times HEH Mind Safe Haven

North & Mid Hampshire Safe Haven Andover Mind 0300 303 5772 available 6-10pm. A drop-in service and virtual appointments is also available during these times  Andover Mind Safe Haven

Southwest Hampshire Safe Haven, a crisis drop-in service by Solent Mind, The South West Hampshire ICB and Southern Health Foundation Trust  07974 124873 available 5-10:30pm – text, drop-in service and virtual appointments is also available during these times Solent Mind Safe Haven

Two Saints IOW – 01983 520168 available Mon-Fri 5-10pm and weekends Noon-10pm.  Email and drop-in service is also available during these times IOW Two Saints

Wellbeing

NHS Self Help 5 steps to mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

NHS Quiz How are you? Get a free personalized health score when you complete this 10 minute quiz. How Are You is for over 18s only and is only designed to point you in the right direction. It’s not a medical assessment – if you’re worried about your health you should speak to a health professional.

Every mind matters Find your little big thing for your mental health. There are little things we can all do to lift our mood or ease our anxiety – we need to find what works for us. This could be as simple as taking a walk in nature, prioritising our sleep or opening up to a friend. Our little thing, if we keep doing it, will make a big difference to how we feel.

Podcasts

Havant and East Hants Mind – ripple and suicide prevention. HEH Mind ripple & suicide prevention

A selection of podcasts by IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention). Various IASP podcasts

The Mental Health Foundation have recorded a podcast on suicide prevention. Let’s talk about suicide

HSE podcast – Work Related Stress, mental health and working minds. Work Related Stress

Videos

Various free videos around suicide – suicide awareness, social isolation. Suicide awareness videos

Empathy and Sympathy

Useful Apps

HSE health and safety app – features wider information on practical risk, management tools, videos and health and safety toolbox. HSE H&S App

Hub of Hope – Mental health support database. Hub of Hope App

Staying Alive

Side Kick

Calm Harm

 

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