Welcome 2020 – We will carry on Asking Twice

Welcome 2020, at Redmond Group, we’re excited to see you! 2020 is not just a year for the continued development of our growing business, but a year during which we promise to do even more to help our environment, our communities, and – especially – each other.

This time of year can be extremely difficult for some people. There are SO many images of happy families smiling and laughing, and friends around warm hearths. But for many it’s not like that at all.  It can be a cold, dark, and lonely time.  A time when the short days and long cold nights can be so very hard to deal with, especially when one is experiencing sadness of any kind. Loss. Loneliness. Depression. Anxiety. Emotional or physical pain.

So perhaps we can reflect on some thoughts from the recent Time to Change organisation and their Ask Twice campaign. Shockingly:

  • 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health issues every year in the UK
  • Suicide is the #1 killer of men under 45 in the UK
  • There were 6,507 suicides in the UK during 2018.
  • 1.9 million elderly people often feel ignored, invisible and suffer from loneliness.

Sometimes we say we’re fine, even when we’re not. If your colleague, friend, relative or someone else is acting differently, they may be suffering from mental health issues.

Ask Twice.

Are they really ok?

Always be kind, never intrusive, tell them you’re there if they ever need someone to listen; allowing someone to explain the issues they are facing is the first step to helping them recover. Just listen.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”
– Stephen Covey

Take a moment to read more here, and who knows … you may be the difference somebody needs in their life right now.

If you need help yourself:

If you yourself feel you would like to speak with someone about experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts, please consider contacting the Samaritans in complete confidence.  Samaritans is a charity that is available 24 hours a day every day to provide completely confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Statistics sources: Anxiety UK, Time to Change, Samaritans and Age UK