Bars and pubs operator Revolution Bars Group has installed a suicide and mental health prevention tool across all its internal computer networks to strengthen its commitment to supporting its employees.
All staff accounts and computers that use the group’s internal wi-fi network will be protected by the R;pple tool, which automatically intercepts searches and content relating to self-harm and suicide. Instead of the search results, the user will see R;pple’s screen and will be signposted to, and provided with, support and mental health resources. All user searches are anonymous and histories or identifiable personal data are not shared or saved.
The R;pple Suicide Prevention Charity was founded by Alice Hendy after losing her brother, who had been researching related content online, to suicide.
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Danielle James, head of pay and reward at Revolution Bars Group, said: “We know that every 90 seconds a life is lost to suicide in the UK. If we manage to intercept just one of the 1.2 million monthly harmful online searches to deliver a message of hope and support to a vulnerable or distressed individual, then this will prove to be an invaluable safeguarding intervention.”
Beth Anderson, people director at Revolution Bars Group, added: “We were profoundly touched by Alice’s mission and having lived through the harrowing pain of losing dear colleagues and friends have felt compelled to join the collective effort to save lives. We are extremely grateful to R;pple for working with us so closely to ensure we are leading the implementation of this within the sector and hope that it encourages other businesses to do the same.”
Revolution Bars Group also offers staff a 50% discount, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, a referral bonus, long-service awards, financial support, high street discounts and an employee assistance programme.