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Help prevent suicides in the City

Did you know that in 2015, 31 people drowned in the Thames - double the number of cyclist deaths in the capital?

Given the Square Mile's location and distinctive infrastructure, the City of London Corporation, Business Healthy and partners Samaritans, City of London Police and the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) are committed to reducing this tragic loss of life, with help from the local business community.

We will be running another Samaritans-led Suicide Prevention Awareness training session on Wednesday 18 July, between 8:30 and 10:30am, kindly hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development at their City offices.

The interactive training is aimed at HR/ health and wellbeing leads at City employers of all sizes, as well as those responsible for Facilities and/ or Security. It has been designed specifically to address challenges that employers in the City of London may face, taking into account the local environment.

The Samaritans-led session aims to equip individuals with the tools to identify mental illness among staff members, such as listening skills, and guidance on building internal capacity, ensuring that for those struggling with suicidal thoughts, suicide is not the solution.

Feedback from attendees at previous sessions includes:
  • "Even though I have experience in this field, the training has increased and added to my understanding"
  • "This is a difficult subject that was communicated with compassion and sensitivity to provide a valuable learning experience"
  • "My organisation already delivers 'managing mental health' workshops, and this session was a lovely refresher and CPD"

Spaces are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Find out more and book your place here

Suicide Prevention Awareness training:
Date: Wednesday 18 July
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Venue: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
Quote of the week: "I am delighted that the Square Mile has once again benefited from the Business Healthy Challenge. Getting people out of the office and physically active is good for the mind and the body. That’s also good for business. Building a brisk walk into every day qualifies as real exercise and is a great way to enjoy the City.” - Dr Yvonne Doyle, London Regional Director for Public Health England London 

New on the website

Head over to the Business Healthy website, where you'll find some great new blog posts and resources sharing information and guidance on workplace health and wellbeing...
*The research team behind the toolkits is looking to collect feedback from employees currently off work, by completing two surveys (one before and one after using the toolkit). They are also keen to collect feedback from managers/ company owners who are managing a staff member who is off work, including open feedback from them, as well as Occupational Health, HR leads, medical professionals and others that may be involved in the return to work process following mental health sickness absence. To provide open feedback, visit the survey here (5-10 minutes). To find out more about the trials, please get in touch with Rebecca Peters, Research Associate, here.

Free toolbox talk on diabetes

Men's Health Forum (MHF) has released a free toolbox talk resource for employers to help them raise the profile of diabetes risk among their male workers.

MHF's toolbox talks aim to put the "health" back into health and safety and are easy ways to share key health messages in a short, accessible manner, such as team meetings. They can help start a powerful conversation about men's health.

Download the toolbox talk on "What is your risk of diabetes?" here.

Get out into the sunshine this summer

There is a wealth of free activities taking place across the Square Mile this summer, which offer a great opportunity to get out of the office and stretch your legs during lunchtimes or after work, no matter where in the City you are.
  • Women of the East guided walk - Mon, Weds, Thur,  4 June to 27 September
Find out about the City's relationship with early political activists, from the women of Billingsgate, anti-slavery campaigners, suffragettes, free-spirited nuns and great abbesses.

Meet outside Monument Station (Exit 1 - Fish Street Hill). Free, just turn up. More information (including times) here.
  • Women of the West guided walk - Mon, Weds, Thur, 4 June to 27 September
Famous queens, forgotten women workers, medieval business owners and 20th-century heroines. Includes grim tales, conspiracies and suffragette activities.

Meet outside St. Paul's Underground Station (Exit 1 - Cheapside). Free, just turn up. More information (including times) here.
  • Lunchtime live music with "Sounds like London" - 18 - 29 June, 12:15pm - 2pm, various locations
Part of the Mayor of London's Sounds like London campaign, performers take to the streets to deliver their renditions of popular tracks in this lunchtime series, which celebrates London's diverse music scene and shines the spotlight on grassroots talent and women in music.

More information (including locations) here.

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