Interested in the wellbeing of your staff? Why not issue them with some helpline information? Perhaps they are struggling caring for an elderly or sick relative, have a teenager self harming or threatening suicide, have a sibling dealing with the aftermath of a stillbirth, a neighbour who is being threatened with a forced marriage, a marriage breakdown following financial insecurities, a partner who isn’t coping well after being made redundant, or perhaps they themselves have an eating or anxiety disorder.
All of these issues – and plenty others – worry people and the anxiety and stress they feel as a result is then brought into work affecting both their wellbeing and productivity and no doubt in turn the wellbeing and productivity of any colleagues they turn to for support.
But many of these issues are way outside both the comfort zone and skill set of the HR and leadership team, so perhaps a few helplines or suggested articles can be used to gently point your employees in the direction of appropriate support?
We have a provided a list of all the relevant helplines below and also attached a PDF if you wish to issue it to staff. Simply click the icon and you will be redirected to the PDF which you have download and save.
Forced Marriage – Abuse
A charity that offers helpline support to those who are victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Supported 70,000 people in the years they have been operating (since 2008).
- Charity: Karma Nirvana
- Tel: 0800 5999 247
- Web: https://karmanirvana.org.uk/
Parents helpline if your children are self-harming.
- Charity: Young Minds
- Tel: 0808 8025544
- Web: www.youngminds.org.uk
- Charity: Mind
- Tel: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 for adult support.
- Web: www.mind.org.uk/
Financial Help for Cancer Sufferers
- Charity: Macmillan
- Web: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/money-worries
Help with sight loss
- Charity: RNIB
- Web: https://www.rnib.org.uk/
What do you do if you suspect FGM (female genital mutilation)
FGM is child abuse and it is against UK law. If you suspect a child has or is about to experience FGM phone the NSPCC for advice about how to report it or otherwise contact your GP for advice and information about how to report it.
- Charity: NSPCC
- Web: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/…and…/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/preventing-protecting/
Support for men and boys who have been raped
Help victims of male sexual abuse as well as their friends and family. An estimated 12000 men are raped in the UK each year so if this has happened to you, you need to not feel alone and unsupported.
- Charity: Survivors
- Web: www.survivors.org
Self-support for anxiety
CBT is a great tool recommended by many GPS to support with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety.
- Charity: Mind
- Web: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/cbt-sessions/
Helping develop numeracy in your team (or develop your own confidence with numbers)
In 2011 just 22% of the adults in the UK had a GCSE grade C or above in maths.
- Charity: National Numeracy
- Web: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/help-my-team
Help with reading and writing/literacy skills for adults
2.5M people in the UK struggle with reading so don’t feel you are the only one!
In 2011 just 44% of UK adults had a GCSE grade C or above in English.
- Charity: Read Easy
- Web: www.readeasy.org.uk
Support after Rape
- Charity: Rape Crisis
- Web: www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Supporting those experiencing hearing loss
Newly diagnosed with diabetes
Getting fit/starting to exercise – the famous Couch to 5K app
Supporting someone with a brain injury
Help with Debt
Support on issues for disabled people and their families
- Charity: Scope
- Tel: 0808 800 3333
- Operating hours: 9am to 5pm weekdays
- Web: https://www.scope.org.uk/helpline
Dealing with a diagnosis of autism (article)
Palliative, neurological and bereavement support – online community.
- Charity: Sue Ryder
- Web: www.sueryder.org
Single Parent Families
- Charity: Ginger Bread
- Web: https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/
- Tel (adults): 0808 801 0677
- Tel (students): 0808 801 0811
- Tel (youth line): 0808 801 0711
- Operating hours: 12pm-8pm weekdays and 4pm–8pm weekends.
- Web: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines (web chat also available).
Dealing with Extremism
Stillbirth or neonatal death
- Charity/company: Sands
- Tel: 0808 164 3332
- Web: https://www.sands.org.uk/
Are you dependent on alcohol? Take the test
Child Being bullied
Bullying forum to share stories.
- Tel: 0808 800 2222
- Web: https://www.bullying.co.uk/bullying-at-school/
An article on handling the isolation that comes from chronic illness.
As an employer you cannot support all your employees with all their health and wellbeing issues. Sometimes you just need to know when to refer them on. But not everyone is great at asking for help, so by issuing this information to your staff you might just prompt a few to go and seek out the specific support they need.
If there are great sites you have come across providing free or very low cost support for people experiencing family, friend or personal issues such as those above, please do let us know and we will add to this list. Thank you.