Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was offered to all of the senior management team, as part of the Group’s commitment to employee well-being.
The success of the one-day course means the training will now be rolled out to all managers to enable them to spot the signs and then appropriately support any individuals who are struggling.
One in three workers will be diagnosed with a mental health issue during their lifetime and the one-day training means those who attended are now official MHFA Champions, able to provide basic first aid for the most common mental health issues and to do their part in encouraging a ‘mentally healthy workplace’, challenging stigma and supporting positive well-being among their teams.
Johanna Morris, Director of Group HR, said: “As a company, we care about our workforce; we can only succeed through our people. Statistics show that one in three people in the UK experience a mental illness each year. Depression, stress and anxiety are a large cause for absence so we feel it is imperative that our managers are equipped to support our people, if and when these challenges arise.
“We have provided MHFA training for all of our senior managers, with a view to rolling this out across our full management population. We want to ensure all of our people managers are trained so they can spot the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, and then be able to provide non-judgemental support and reassurance, and if necessary, guide people to seek professional support.
“We are committed to being a great place to work and we see people management as a critical aspect of our business. The welfare of our workforce is a fundamental part of this.”
For more information on MHFA, visit https://mhfaengland.org/