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Ben supports World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

Ben is supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on Saturday 10th September and calling on the automotive industry to recognise those at risk and signpost them to the support and services that Ben offers.

 

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This annual awareness day is driven by the World Health Organisation and supported by charities and organisations across the globe. In 2022, the triennial theme of ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ continues and aims to serve as a reminder that there is an alternative to suicide.

An industry at risk

In the UK, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45, with 12 men taking their own lives each day. 75% of all deaths by suicide are men taking their own lives. While these statistics are stark, they are rarely spoken about in a business context. Suicide is often associated with someone’s personal life, with friends and family being the key people that someone will turn to when things are going wrong. The truth is that given the amount of time we spend at work, colleagues and employers are also in a unique position to be able to spot the warning signs and can play a critical role in encouraging a person who is struggling or in crisis to access the vital support that they need before it’s too late. 

In an industry largely populated by men, suicide is sadly not uncommon among our automotive family. The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the worsening financial crisis have seen the number of individuals turning to Ben for help rise even further this year. Ben is currently supporting more families, friends and colleagues of those who are at risk of taking their own life, or those that have been affected by someone taking their own life, than ever before. 

Early intervention is a key factor in the fight against suicide. Ben can support automotive individuals and their families struggling or in crisis to help prevent loss of life through suicide, through a range of services and support. These services include Ben’s helpline and out of hours text-support service as well as through Ben’s employer mental health and suicide prevention training. Alongside this Ben provides a range of health and wellbeing services and support including financial assistance as we face an uncertain and challenging time with the current rise in the cost of living. 

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said:

“As the industry’s dedicated Charity, we see the automotive community as one big family – it’s so important that we take care of each other. Spotting the signs that one of our family is struggling or in crisis shows how we can all play a role in looking after our own. Having a conversation or asking a colleague to give Ben a call may seem like a small act but showing that you’ve noticed that someone isn’t themselves may be the difference between someone thinking they are alone and knowing that someone is looking out for them. We firmly believe that by working together, we can prevent the tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

With the cost-of-living crisis already impacting lives – and only set to worsen – mental health and wellbeing come into even sharper focus as people face unprecedented pressure and money worries become increasingly prevalent. By coming together, the whole sector can make a difference. Whether it is an organisation providing training and support to address this challenge, an individual recognising when a colleague or family member may be struggling, or simply by us all helping to spread awareness of the support Ben can offer – each action could be the one that saves a life. 

Wellbeing, mental health and suicide need focus 365-days-a-year but this awareness day helps shine a spotlight on the issues. It highlights the steps we as an industry can take to help those most vulnerable and the support Ben as an organisation has in place to support the automotive family.”

A conversation at work could save lives. 

Clearly helping businesses to intervene before a person reaches the stage of considering taking their life is critical to suicide prevention. But it can often be difficult to spot the signs that someone may be struggling or in crisis. 

Not only are men more likely to take their own lives than women, they are also less likely to seek help – often preferring not to talk about their feelings or the struggles they’re facing, and to try and handle their problems themselves. 

However, whether male or female, there are some things to look out for which may indicate that something is wrong, and that someone may benefit from further support. These include:

  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Experiencing extreme mood swings
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Feelings of anger, hopelessness or disconnection
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Giving away possessions
  • Giving up previously loved activities
  • Writing goodbye letters

Once you’ve noticed that something isn’t right, what do you do next? The most important first step is to check in. A simple conversation can let a person who is struggling know that you’ve noticed them and that you care about the fact they’re not OK. Ben has prepared some top tips for breaking the ice and starting those potentially life-saving conversations which you can access here. Once you’ve got the ball rolling, encourage the person to get in contact with Ben and we can join you in supporting your friend, colleague or family member to get the right help and set them back on the road to recovery. 

Mental health support doesn’t have to be intimidating or intrusive. We have many ways that we can provide help to those who need it, giving everyone the choice and control over the type of support they receive. Once our friendly and discreet team at Ben has carried out an initial assessment, we have a range of support options available from self-help, online mental health and wellbeing programmes, talking therapies and a life coaching service– all in place to help a person in need to get back on track.

Here for you

Ben is here for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry and their family dependants. If you would benefit from some support or if someone you know might need us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our free and confidential helpline: 08081 311 333 or use our webchat at www.ben.org.ukBen also operates an out-of-hours text support service. To access this service you can text BEN to 85258. This is a free, confidential, and anonymous service, find out more here.

For employers who would like to find out more about working in partnership with Ben, or who would be interested in discussing Health & Wellbeing training for employees contact Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben: Rachel.Clift@ben.org.uk.

You can find out more about Ben Training and the extensive training services on offer here – including mental health and suicide prevention. In addition, the Money section of their website is a valuable resource for those facing financial difficulty.

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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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