Haverfordwest Tesco staff room 'suicide poster' pulled down

Western Telegraph: GOODBYE: The poster has now been removed. (1729758) GOODBYE: The poster has now been removed. (1729758)

A ‘MOTIVATIONAL’ poster that shows a man with a gun to his head has been removed from the Tesco Haverfordwest staff room after a complaint was made.

A staff member at the Haverfordwest store, who asked to remain anonymous, described the poster as “offensive” to people with mental health issues.

The poster reads: “Goodbye Haverfordwest, it’s been nice knowing you! Sales down last week, dot com availability down, waste up. Don’t panic, so what’s the plan now?”

“I find it very offensive as I have suffered with depression most of my adult life, I've even tried to commit suicide twice, and only last month a friend of mine did kill herself,” said the employee.

“How Tesco thinks it’s okay to put this up on the wall is beyond me, especially after the trouble they had recently with the mental patient Halloween costume.”

Ruth Coombs, manager for influence and change with mental health charity Mind Cymru, said: “We’re very disappointed to see this image and the lack of mental health awareness shown by Tesco with its use.

“Suicide is a very serious issue, which affects hundreds of people across Wales each year. We’d certainly urge Tesco to reconsider using imagery of this kind and think about the effect it can have on staff.”

A spokesman for the Tesco said: “This was clearly an error of judgement, in one store. The person responsible for the poster has apologised and it has been removed.”

Tesco recently hit the headlines after a ‘psycho ward’ Halloween costume it was selling after criticism that it helped fuel the “stigma” surrounding mental health issues.

The retailer later removed the item from its shelves, apologised for any offence caused and agreed to make a donation to Mind.

Tracey Price, director for Mind Pembrokeshire, added that the charity had recently offered mental health first aid training to the Haverfordwest store, in order to improve mental health awareness among staff members, but as yet had received no response.

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10:11am Wed 23 Oct 13

Harrygrayballs says...

"EVERY LITTLE HELPS"??
I don't think so so...............not in Pembrokeshire!
"EVERY LITTLE HELPS"?? I don't think so so...............not in Pembrokeshire! Harrygrayballs

11:48pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Flashbang says...

Some people take offence at every little thing. They should learn that not everything is out there just to annoy them. What about the majority that it hasn't offended?
Some people take offence at every little thing. They should learn that not everything is out there just to annoy them. What about the majority that it hasn't offended? Flashbang

4:36pm Thu 24 Oct 13

quentin says...

It doesn't offend me...........just think it's pretty stupid. Doesn't reflect well on the judgement of the originator.
It doesn't offend me...........just think it's pretty stupid. Doesn't reflect well on the judgement of the originator. quentin

7:44pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Cymru bach says...

Ok so it's alright to joke about mental health then Flashback and Quentin?

After the furore over the 'costume' they really should have known better.

It's time to change about Mental Health and that means showing consideration to people.

Those that find this funny and laugh at it would probably laugh at any misfortune suffered by a person.
Ok so it's alright to joke about mental health then Flashback and Quentin? After the furore over the 'costume' they really should have known better. It's time to change about Mental Health and that means showing consideration to people. Those that find this funny and laugh at it would probably laugh at any misfortune suffered by a person. Cymru bach

7:44pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Cymru bach says...

Ok so it's alright to joke about mental health then Flashback and Quentin?

After the furore over the 'costume' they really should have known better.

It's time to change about Mental Health and that means showing consideration to people.

Those that find this funny and laugh at it would probably laugh at any misfortune suffered by a person.
Ok so it's alright to joke about mental health then Flashback and Quentin? After the furore over the 'costume' they really should have known better. It's time to change about Mental Health and that means showing consideration to people. Those that find this funny and laugh at it would probably laugh at any misfortune suffered by a person. Cymru bach

11:16pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Flashbang says...

You've totally missed the point Cymru Bach, it's like the colour blind wanting red and green banned because they have trouble distinguishing one from the other. You also prove my point about people taking offence at every little thing.
You've totally missed the point Cymru Bach, it's like the colour blind wanting red and green banned because they have trouble distinguishing one from the other. You also prove my point about people taking offence at every little thing. Flashbang

2:15pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Welshman23 says...

If the idiot that put this up had known a close relative or a personal friend that committed suicide then he would know the pain and suffering these people go through. I hope this person is disciplined. Disgracefull
If the idiot that put this up had known a close relative or a personal friend that committed suicide then he would know the pain and suffering these people go through. I hope this person is disciplined. Disgracefull Welshman23

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