Covid-19, poor mental health and suicidal ideations do not discriminate. We are all susceptible. By now, we probably all know someone who's struggling to cope or know of someone who has died by suicide. We are all worried about ourselves and the ones we love.
As the number of people contacting us grows, we urgently need human resources in order to cope. £20,000 will enable us to employ a Volunteer Supervisor for a year, who can manage recruitment, scheduling, assessment and safeguarding of our fantastic, and growing, team of telephone and online chat volunteers.
The benefits are twofold - SOS gets the resource it needs and in these times of uncertainty, an employment opportunity is created for someone who desperately needs an income.
SOS has set up two new services in a direct response to Covid - our phone line and online chat, giving options to those experiencing poor mental health for the first time and further support to those who were already finding life a struggle. Our motto is simple: If You Want To Talk, We Want To Listen.
Approximately 800,000 people die by suicide every single year across our world - that's roughly 1 person every 40 seconds. Through open discussion, we work to eliminate shame, stigma and silence that prevents so many people from talking about their feelings.
So our helplines are invaluable. They could, quite literally, be the difference between life and death.
Here's just a couple of our testimonials from Linklaters and Next Plc. This is how important SOS Silence of Suicide is to so many people.
‘As part of our Health & Wellbeing programme’s focus on Mental Health we hosted a ‘Silence of Suicide’ session.
We as a firm believe that we benefited immeasurably from the Silence of Suicide session. It has encouraged us to break down barriers and start the conversation on a topic that needs more talking about. ‘ Linklaters Solicitors
‘Through SOS Silence of Suicide, Michael and Yvette demonstrate their passion, energy and belief that breaking down the stigma associated with talking about suicide, suicidal thoughts and suicide related bereavement is fundamental to helping those affected. The safe space they create at their SOS events is demonstrably important to those who attend as evidenced by the feedback received after the events held at Next last year. We firmly believe that an ongoing relationship with SOS Silence of Suicide is important for the continued strength of our corporate Wellbeing Programme.’ Next Plc
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