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A couple of places remain on our next Samaritans-led Suicide Prevention Awareness Training session, taking place next Friday, 8 February at Franklin Templeton Investments' offices in Cannon Street.

This training is City-focused and aimed at the local business community - particularly those working in HR, facilities and security. It is delivered in partnership with Samaritans volunteers and the City of London Police and is a highly interactive session.

Suicide is an issue that affects everyone in our society and young and middle-aged men are particularly at-risk, as are those who are LGBTQ+. This short training session focuses on Samaritans' tried and tested methods of spotting the signs of someone in distress and helping them. We will also be hearing first-hand experiences of how intervening can help save lives. The training focuses on the City of London and is valuable to both those with no prior mental health training, as well as those who have already completed courses such as Mental Health First Aid.

Date: Friday 8 February
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am (breakfast and networking opportunities are included)
Location: Franklin Templeton Investments, Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6HL

To find out more and to book a place, please visit the Eventbrite page.
Quote of the week:
"Global health is changing and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer and environmental threats pose just as great a risk as infectious diseases, such as Ebola and HIV." - The Telegraph reports on the World Health Organisation's 2019 resolutions
Coming up...
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM (6 February)
While Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15, it can have long-term and severe psychological and physical impacts long after it has been carried out. These include pain, shock, infertility, incontinence, infections (including Urinary Tract Infections) and complications in childbirth.

There is a great deal of local and national support available to women and girls who have been affected by FGM, as well as for those who are deemed to be at-risk. More information is available on the City of London Police's website.
  • Time to Talk Day (7 February)

Time to Talk Day is a national initiative to normalise conversations about mental health - good, bad and everything in between.

Time to Change - the organisation leading Time to Talk Day - is encouraging employers to create safe spaces for their employees to talk about their mental health, whether that's within the workplace or outside. Some organisations are hosting "tea and talk" sessions and other activities aimed at tackling the stigma and creating a more open environment to speak about mental health, in the same way that we talk about physical health.

Time to Talk Day is also a great opportunity to engage your workforce and signpost them to support services for their mental and physical wellbeing, such as Employee Assistance Programmes, or external free support, as listed on the City of London Corporation's website.

Download free "Release the Pressure" campaign resources, including posters and videos, to share across your workforce. This City-wide mental health campaign encourages individuals to seek help for issues they may be dealing with, and signposts them to a range of free support they can access - listed here: These include a free advice line and drop-in sessions, and more.

Vegging out


Often, some of the most effective activities to support staff health and wellbeing are the simplest.

Take the "Veg Table" - an idea cooked up by a City-based firm - where staff socialise over some healthy food and get away from their desks. Read the full case study here.

It's not too late to plan ahead



The City of London Corporation's Business Healthy, in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, has developed a free tool for HR leads within local businesses, to help them plan health and wellbeing activities across 2019, tying in with national and international campaigns. Download this valuable resource here.

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