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World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

Nearly 3,000 people a day commit suicide ...

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This week, the 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day 2018. Mental health affects us all as we all have a mind and a brain, and it certainly can go wrong occasionally, whoever we are ...

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 highlights the fact that over 3,000 people a day worldwide choose to commit suicide!

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 highlights the fact that over 3,000 people a day worldwide choose to commit suicide!

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Whether that is depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, there are many mental health issues that can affect any of us at any time. When they occur, our productivity can take a dive. Even worse, our whole life can seem so bad that we want nothing more than to end it altogether.

"Nearly 3,000 people a day choose to commit suicide and for every one that succeeds, another 20 tries!"

So, how do we deal with it? First and foremost, self-care is key. If you need to go to a doctor to get medication to help you through the issues, then go. If you need a break from work, then take it. If you need time away, then do it. If you need to spend time with family and friends, then organise it.

Secondly, if you can delegate or delay any work then do so. It helps if you have people around you to do that. For those of us who are self-employed that can be more difficult, however, you can hire virtual assistants, call handlers and associates to take the workload off you while you take time to recover.

Take the time to learn some positive coping mechanisms. These could be:

  • Talking therapy – very useful to help learn key skills and deal with any issues that could be contributing towards the mental health issue

  • Meditation – helped people for centuries de-stress, which helps improve mental health

  • Exercise – great for lifting the mood and making us healthier in general

  • Socialising – when we have mental health issues it is tempting to hide ourselves away

There are specialist mental health groups out there, but your friends and family could be just as helpful.

When it all gets too much and you need help right now, you can call The Samaritans on 116 123 (UK or Ireland) 24-hours a day, and they are there for you 365 days a year.

"You can also call them if you are concerned about someone you know could be in danger of committing suicide!"

There is also a charity called Mind that helps with mental health issues. You can click on the 'I need urgent help' and that will guide you to the best source of help for your needs.

Until next time ...


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I'm Ellen, Director of All About Quality and All About Productivity. I have over 20 years experience as a professional in the quality world and 17 years as a practising Buddhist. As a result of this, I have a passion for improvement. in business and personal life.

This has led me to productivity and how I can be the best I can by devouring hundreds of blogs and books on the subject and practising meditation and mindfulness techniques. Combined, this has helped me understand what needs to be done to improve the performance of processes and more importantly you.

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