Is there someone missing from your life? If yes, please take the survey

What’s that old saying … ‘knowledge is power’

TAKE THE SURVEY

Trying to bring something new to people, be it a product or service isn’t easy.  Changing the way people live their lives for a nice cause is one thing, but when you are asking people to really think about the most hurtful and negative aspect of their life, and then take a survey about it, I can understand if there isn’t much of a response.

But what I will say, is that without people really thinking about what they can do about the situation,then how can it get any better.  You might want to go down the court route, which is totally fine, but at the moment has it’s limitations.

Absent is a positive move based on a simple strategy.

  • PRIVACY PRIVACY PRIVACY – Cannot emphasize enough the importance of keeping things private
  • HAVE HOPE – Anyone can find someone these days, but your story, your timeline will be vital to reconnect. If they think you don’t care, would they find you?

Think of it like fishing.  Specifically either with a net or a rod.

 

On social media you are using a net, dragging your thoughts and emotions across the internet. But you are only after one particular fish.

 

 

On Absent you are using a rod. You have the right bait, and you are in the right water. Your chances of catching your specific fish, and only your specific fish is so much greater.

Please excuse the way my brain works, but that is how I see it.  I don’t want the entire world knowing what I am saying and thinking.  That’s just for my children, therefore I need a rod – not a net

If we can build a platform so whenever someone is ready to learn the truth, or to reconnect, they go straight to Absent to search, and there is absolutely no reason why that cannot happen, would you want to be there, waiting?  I know I am going to be there.

Now there will need to be patience, but certain things cannot be rushed.

So if you know anyone who is absent from someone they love, please tell them about this and ask them to take the survey.

It could be a mate who doesn’t see their kids, or someone who has a missing person in their family.

It could be a grandparent or aunt or uncle.  It could be brother, sisters, your buddy from the Army.  Absence does not discriminate between social class, race or religion.

Please help – take the survey.

HERE IS THE SURVEY 

Early entries will be entered into a draw to become one of the first account holders.

Show them how much you really do care

 

 

 

Is your organisation looking for a new direction for it’s mental health policy

 

Does your employer care about it’s employees ??

Absent Brochure

Living a life coping with the ambiguous loss from forced absence is extremely hard.  Simple tasks can prove increasingly difficult.  Then you tag on depression, and anxeity, and you throw not sleeping into the mix, you’ve got a pretty crappy exsistence.

However, you have to carry on. You have a partner, you have bills to pay, so you dig down deep, you suck it up, and you do your absolute best to live life.

Sometimes however, things get a little too much. The World Health Organisation stated that :-

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The World Health Organisation also stated in 2016 that :-

Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$1 trillion each year

These days you’ve not only got the lengthy sick days/weeks or even months from those taking time off work with depression. you’ve now also got ….. PRESENTEEISM.

Presenteeism is an increasingly common issue that affects all types of workplaces.

In fact, it’s often cited as the biggest threat to workplace productivity, and is characterised by tired, unmotivated and sick employees who turn up to work regardless of how bad they’re feeling.

The cost of presenteeism is high, as not only does it cause productivity to drop and monetary takings to decrease, but it also adversely affects workplace morale, health, and safety.

So as an employer, what can you do ??

Well one thing you can do is take another look at the brochure

Would your organisation benefit ?? Would an Absent account be hugely beneficial to your employees ??

Families are the basis of society, and by helping rebuild those relationships, everyone can prosper.

Impact investing in social entrepreneurship can help you to build a reputation as a responsible business, which can in turn lead to competitive advantage. Companies often favour suppliers who have responsible policies, since this can reflect on how their customers see them. Some customers don’t just prefer to deal with responsible companies – they insist on it. Being a responsible, sustainable business may make it easier to recruit new employees or retain existing ones. Employees may be motivated to stay longer, thus reducing the costs and disruption of recruitment and retraining.

By acting in a sustainable, responsible way, employers may also find it easier to:

  • access finance – investors are more likely to back a reputable business
  • attract positive media attention – eg when backing new social ventures
  • reduce regulatory burden – good relationships with local authorities can often make doing business easier
  • identify new business opportunities – eg for development of new products or services

If you wish to discuss, then please get in touch and we would be delighted to go into further details

Many thanks

Apologies for the inactivity

                      Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to you all.

I apologise for not posting for a while, but after the mosaic, I have found things a little tough as I’m sure many of you have. However, with the holiday season now truly over, I feel refreshed and ready to make 2018 the year of change for many of us, and the year Absent sweeps the world.

 

Let me update you all on where we are with Absent.

The design team are busy creating the visuals for the app and website, and we are working on adding the features necessary to ensure this is nailed down before we launch.

If you have any suggestions or opinions on any features you would like to see, then please feel free to contact us to discuss.

This is not just a product based on my own situation, it is for all of us absent from loved ones.

We are focusing on certain situations to launch. We would love to focus on all situations, but as with any new business startups, it’s better to concentrate your energy.

Our main focus is on 3 specific situations of absence.

Missing persons

Parental Alienation

Members of the Armed Forces

The main features will be there. Digital stuff being a photo, video, letters which will provide a sizeable chunk of the information needed to be therapeutic for us and to leave an informed ‘time capsule’ ready for whoever is missing from your life.

I am busy trying to gain as much exposure as I can for Absent. I am networking my behind off trying to get meetings with anyone and everyone who will listen.

If there is anyone willing to ‘go on the record’ and give us a quote or a testimonial on how important the concept we are developing is on short term therapy for the user, and the benefits that the story left will have for those finding it, then we would be eternally grateful.

We have also decided to create a Crowdfunding campaign to get things really moving.

We are working with an extremely talented guy who is in the process of coming up with something that will engage a lot of people.  However, it does seem at this point that my ugly mug will be present, so he has his work cut out for him :).  Please keep a look out for further developments on that.

As today is ‘Blue Monday’ – the most miserable day of the year, then I thought I would give you all who are without your loved ones a little insight into how close we are getting to delivering the platform that will give you a very real chance of reuniting.

 

So that is pretty much where we are right now.

If you happen to stumble upon this and know someone who will benefit massively from what we are doing, then please bring it up next time you talk, or even send them a link.

Take care everyone

 

Photo mosaic for 2018

 

Just a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

We have completed the photo mosaic, not on the original Christmas theme, but on a statement for 2018.

Partly due to starting the new year with a postive vibe, and partly because, I’ll be honest, we didn’t get enough pictures to complete the rather colourful original image.

But that’s ok, and a massive thank you to those who did send in images. We hope you like what we’ve come up with, and appreciate the change in image.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays folks, and look out for the next blog which will bring you up to date with the development of the app and website.