Donate instead of gifts

Instead of Christmas mail, screw manufacturer TENZ donates to WEiL again this year. Acting instead of looking the other way when it comes to young people at risk of suicide.
Many have become desperate due to the ongoing pandemic. Especially the psychological effects of the crisis & the group of young people are largely lost in the public discussion. Therefore, the Styrian screw manufacturer TENZ donates to the aid organisation WEiL. There, young people at risk of suicide receive free support.
The aim was to do good together with customers in these challenging times. This was achieved by allowing each customer to decide for themselve in a survey: For every Christmas card not printed, TENZ will donate an amount of EUR 5 to charity. The feedback from the customers was overwhelming, because the desire to do something meaningful and at the same time conserve resources is very great, especially this year. The great feedback motivated TENZ to double the amount saved by the customers and donate it to Weil.

TENZ donates

2.000 €

to WEIL – Weiter im Leben

The support organisation offers free help for young people at risk of suicide.

Left: Alexandra Hirz-Hoisel, Executive Board WEiL Right: Gerhard Hubmann, Managing CEO and inventor of TENZ

WEIL stands for “Weiter im Leben / Go on with your life”The organisation has been active in suicide prevention for young people up to the age of 25, their relatives and friends for many years. All services offered by WEIL are free of charge and can be used anonymously. The staff members have training in the psychosocial field, work on a voluntary basis and are sworn to secrecy. Online consultation has been a central offer at WEiL for several years.Due to the ongoing crisis and the restricted freedom of movement, this channel of communication was one of the few possibilities for many of those affected to get help. The number of enquiries via the online platform has increased significantly, because the stress on young people in this situation is enormous.

Further training for the volunteers

In order to do good suicide prevention work, ongoing training is necessary. The following training courses were made possible by the last donation in 2021:
  • Basics of crisis intervention for 3 new staff members
  • (Online) participation in the International Suicide Prevention Conference in Australia for the whole team
  • Traumatisation in children and adolescents for 2 staff members
  • Transgender conference TRANS*Inter*Divers* Leoben for 1 employee

Operating costs of the online consulting platform

WEIL – Weiter im Leben offers free online counselling for children and young people at risk of suicide. In order to be able to provide (data)secure counselling, special counselling software is required. The donation will cover the costs for the counselling platform beranet and thus makes online counselling technically possible.

World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day is intended to draw attention to the issue and raise awareness among the population. WEIL has been organising different activities at the WSPD for years to talk to people about this topic. In previous years, stands were operated in Herrengasse or Citypark, where the work of the association is presented.