The Work Couch

The Work Couch: Mental health at work (Part 3): Protecting your employees' digital wellbeing, with Alice Hendy MBE

Published on 15 May 2024

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Trigger warning: The following page deals with themes around mental health, including suicide, severe mental health conditions and mental health in the workplace.

We are marking Mental health awareness week this month by devoting a four-part mini-series to mental health at work. This week, in part 3, Ellie is joined by Alice Hendy MBE, CEO and founder of charity R;pple Suicide Prevention to explain how employers can protect their employees' digital wellbeing. 

We discuss: 

  • Alice's own experiences of losing her 21 year old brother Josh to suicide and her subsequent discovery that he had viewed severely harmful content online; 
  • How Alice founded R;pple in Josh's memory and devised a pioneering digital tool that intercepts searches for harmful content online; 
  • The significant role that harmful content is now playing in some suicides;
  • Effectively signposting people to free mental health support; 
  • The impact that R;pple has had and how it has saved lives; and
  • How employee privacy and data is protected when using R;pple.

You can listen to previous episodes in our mental health mini-series: 

Part 1: Mental health at work: turning despair into hope, with Jonny Benjamin MBE 

Part 2: Implementing effective mental wellbeing measures, with Neil Laybourn

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To access further support on mental health, you may wish to visit: the Samaritans, Mind, or Rethink. Or you can use the text service from Shout on 85258

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