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3:24 PM 17th August 2021
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Wellbeing And Suicide Prevention Organisations Launch Partnership To Improve Mental Health

National employee wellbeing platform Champion Health has partnered with R;pple Suicide Prevention to improve mental health and reduce the incidence of suicide, both inside and outside of the workplace.

R;pple founder Alice Hendy meets with Champion Health’s Alex Bennett (top right) and Harry Bliss (bottom right) as the partnership kickstarts.
R;pple founder Alice Hendy meets with Champion Health’s Alex Bennett (top right) and Harry Bliss (bottom right) as the partnership kickstarts.
Champion Health, which is headquartered in Sheffield, provides data-driven health and wellbeing solutions, tailored to each individual employee. Founded in 2018, the company draws on the expertise of over 55 health experts covering all areas of wellbeing.

Founded by Alice Hendy, who lost her brother Josh to suicide in 2020, R;pple is a charity which has developed an online tool built to present a visual prompt when users search words or phrases online that express intent of self-harm or suicide.

The newly formed partnership will see R;pple Suicide Prevention clearly highlighted within the Champion Health platform, signposting users to the charity. It was struck up around the time Champion Health’s Head of Mission, Steve Phillip, courageously shared the last text he received from his son before he took his own life; in order to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Champion Health’s co-founder and CEO, Harry Bliss, also has a personal connection. Bliss said:
“My personal story is closely tied to suicide prevention, having lost a friend and mentor after a short bout of workplace stress. That tragedy galvanised myself and the team – much like how Alice, after losing her brother Josh, founded R;pple - to drive positive change.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with R;pple and work together to reduce suicide and promote positive mental health.”

Alice Hendy, Founder of R;pple added:
“After setting up a call to learn more about Champion Health, I was hugely impressed and it became very apparent that the team share the same passions as I do.

“Mental health and wellbeing is a topic close to my heart following the loss of my brother to suicide in November 2020. Champion Health is pushing workplace wellbeing to the front of mind and I love how easy the dashboard is to use to assess and monitor my wellbeing.

“For me, this is a game-changer and should be compulsory for all workplaces to adopt. People are the most important part of any business, we should all be doing our bit to look after them as well as ourselves, and Champion Health can help do both.”