A growing issue
Every day in the UK, 16 people die by suicide and every 6 seconds someone in crisis contacts Samaritans for help.
With calls to Samaritans helpline increasing by almost 40,000 per month over the last year, and workplace stress and anxiety a serious issue, the need to understand and support good emotional health in everyone is greater than ever before.
Create a more confident workforce
Samaritans, in partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the This Is Me campaign, have developed an online wellbeing programme which will give employees the skills they need to manage their own emotional health as well as being able to support those around them, well before those feelings reach crisis point.
We will create a workforce that is bolder and more confident in listening, communicating and knowing how to support themselves as well as colleagues, family or friends who are struggling to cope.
Get started with Wellbeing in the City
Watch Nicole's Story
Nicole works at the Bank of England as a case officer and has completed Samaritans’ Wellbeing in the City learning programme.
It has given her the skills to look after her own wellbeing and the courage to approach colleagues who are struggling.
She has seen a noticeable impact on colleagues by simply asking them if they’re okay and encouraging them to share their feelings.
- We're making progress
- 93% 93% of users agree Wellbeing in the City has helped them to recognise emotional distress in others.
- 90% 90% of Wellbeing in the City users now feel more confident approaching someone in emotional distress.
- 91% 91% of of Wellbeing in the City users will apply the skills they have learned in their everyday life.
Empowered to ask
for help & support
As the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Nicole has felt empowered to ask for help and support at work. Having an understanding working environment improves her work-life balance and reduces stress, which makes her a better parent and a more productive employee.
Being able to complete the training online, in bite-sized chunks, and in privacy whilst working from home, made the whole process more accessible and enjoyable for her.
Nicole feels that the Wellbeing in the City programme supports the Bank’s goal to create a healthy physical and mental environment, where staff can thrive. And she believes it has the potential to change lives.
It was a good way of connecting to a colleague and remembering we're all human
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