Breaking the silence: how we’re championing the importance of mental well-being at work.
Poor mental health costs UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence but the emotional cost to employees and their families is far greater and often longer lasting.
As a business that cares about its employees, we want to look after both the physical and mental wellbeing of our team members. Working closely with a sector which has one of the poorest records for mental health, we are only too aware of the devastating consequences of ignoring the sometimes-subtle signs that someone might be struggling. That’s why we now have trained mental health first-aiders in our Solihull office.
Team members, Cheryl Howard, Andrea Jenkinson, Carmela Casamassa and Wayne Porter put themselves forward for a Mental Health First Aid Training Course with the St John’s Ambulance, enabling them to become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s). Cheryl and Andrea recently completed their respective courses and Wayne and Carmela will complete their training in March.
We want to foster a positive and supportive culture, where physical and mental health are taken equally seriously and our MHFA’s will help us break-down the stigma around mental health issues and make us all much more aware of the triggers. By providing information, hosting informal employee training sessions and just being there for people who want to confide in them, we hope our MHFA’s will help us overcome some of the barriers to discussing mental health. Our MHFA’s are trained to spot the signs that someone is struggling and can signpost them to professional help, if required.