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Emotional support

Samaritans and the City Mental Health Alliance are joining forces to provide one-to-one emotional support to City workers.

This pilot scheme will see Samaritans volunteers return to St. Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, EC4N 8BN), where the charity was founded over 60 years ago.

The next and final session will run between 6 and 9pm on Wednesday 29 November. There is no need to book an appointment, you can just drop in. (Please note that there is no disabled access to this premises, however Central London Samaritans has full disabled access and is open between 9am and 9pm every day of the year). Outside of these drop-in sessions, Samaritans provides confidential and free emotional support round the clock via its Freephone line: 116 123

If you'd like to find out more about mental health and suicide prevention, the City Corporation and Business Healthy are running another Suicide Prevention Awareness Training session on the morning of 14 December. Join us for the latest of these regular and well-attended Samaritans-led sessions to learn about what you and your organisation can do to help tackle poor mental health and suicides in the Square Mile. The session also includes a train-the-trainer element, which will provide you with the tools to share this learning with your staff. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page here.

Celebrating the City

As 2017 draws to a close, it's the perfect time to celebrate all the fantastic work that's been done to improve the health and wellbeing of those working in the City over the past 12 months.

The last Business Healthy newsletter of the year will be dedicated to marking the occasion and we'd love to showcase the efforts that you've put in within your own organisations.

To get involved, please send us any photos, videos or quotes from health and wellbeing activities and events that you've hosted over the past year, along with your organisation's logo and we'll make sure it gets a feature!
November is...
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer and by far the most deadly. Accounting for almost one third (27%) of all deaths from cancer, each year more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.

In the early stages of lung cancer, there can be no signs or symptoms, however these may develop as the condition becomes more severe and can include:
  • a persistent cough
  • coughing up blood
  • persistent breathlessness
  • unexplained tiredness and weight loss
  • an ache or pain when breathing or coughing
The NHS recommends that anyone experiencing these symptoms visit their GP. If the condition is diagnosed early and the cancerous cells are confined to a small area, treatment can be effective.

Are you looking to raise awareness about different health conditions and plan your organisation's health and wellbeing activities and events for 2018, but are unsure where to start? Download our free health campaigns calendar here.

Have your say

WDP Square Mile Health is keen to develop their service to better support local organisations to manage their workforce wellbeing around alcohol. They are keen to know what City employers would like to see offered by the charity and would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete their survey.

The link to the survey is here. All responses are anonymous. Please note that this survey is open to employers based within the Square Mile only.

The earlybird catches the worm

The Business Healthy Challenge is returning for 2018, during National Walking Month (May) and the premise is simple. Teams from organisations across the Square Mile compete to gain points from physical activity. Every team reaching over 2,000 points during the three-week challenge has a chance to win big. We provide all the materials to promote the challenge to staff and to motivate them along the way. It's easy! Register early interest here.

Join the conversation


Do you use LinkedIn? Make sure you follow Business Healthy to stay up-to-date on news and developments in the world of employee health and wellbeing in the Square Mile. Find us here.

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