About our social passion project
A text which says “Goodbye”
In 2018 the Bounce Team discovered first hand the impact of poor mental health in our community.
One team member had a text from her partner saying goodbye - he was going to end his life. He was 27. The crisis was averted this time, but support from both health services and charities for those in this position seemed thin on the ground.
Another team member lost a friend to suicide in 2018. He was 46 and left a wife and an 8 year old son.
Whilst we were able to take some action to support our friends ourselves, we wondered how many people were out there struggling, unsupported with their mental health.
It was clear that we couldn’t help everyone on our own. As a business we wondered what we could do to help those in crisis and those who support them.
We created Discover Your Bounce Buddies as our Social Passion Project. We felt that people needed support and wanted to find out what was important, rather than make assumptions. This is what we did:
Step one: in April 2019 we help a Mental Health Hackathon (read more below)
This allowed us to find out what people really valued and what they felt some of the answers were.
Step two: We found that the construction sector had the highest levels of suicide. We partnered with Building Mental Health to deliver Mental Health Awareness training as a 'Toolbox Talk'. We then developed our own Mental Health for Managers training as it was identified more support was needed.
Step three: We needed to ensure that these projects were funded and so started creating The Bounce Back Journey books. Sales from our books fund our projects, from delivering more free training to helping other charities in this space.
Read more about our books here.