SHARP PUTS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST-AID FRONT OF MIND
This relatively new course, aims to educate its participants to spot the symptoms of common mental health issues, recognise early signs that someone may need help, and to be able to provide their co-workers with the initial support and guidance they might need to recover from, or manage their condition.
A report published by the Mental Health Foundation highlights that every week in the UK, one in six adults will have experienced common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, and that one in five adults has at some point considered taking their own life (on average 16 people end their own lives every day).
The estimated cost of Mental Health to the UK economy is over £100 billion each year.
SBSUK’s Head of HR, Sarah Coates, organised the training through the British Safety Council to empower a team of employees from across 11 of its 13 regional offices with skills to support the business’ workforce in the area of mental health.
Sarah explains the scale of the problem: “In the UK, we are facing a mental health crisis and the statistics are quite shocking. Embedding an effective Mental Health First-Aid structure in a business is paramount to ensuring the mental wellbeing of a workforce.
“At Sharp we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, happy workforce, and the positive impact that this can have on not just the obvious things like absence and productivity, but also staff morale, engagement and creating a positive working environment. This is a significant investment in our people and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to their wellbeing.”
SBSUK’s Mental Health First Aiders are: Abbie Leighton, Barbara Westmoreland, Richard Garland and Samantha Steele (Wakefield), William Henaghan (Warrington), Adrienne Topping (Stockport), Keith Delaney (Ipswich / Norwich), Kirsty Ravenall and Joanne Palmer (West Bromwich), Ade Erikitola (Field Based), Katherine Harris (Bristol), Savita Baid and Kevin English (Stockley Park) and Hardeep Sanotra (Swanley).
SBSUK HR Business Partner, Hardeep Sanotra who took part in the training comments: “The course was a real eye opener. One thing that really stood out to me, was how everyone was so open and honest to share their own experiences of mental health, which were quite sensitive. People’s stories were very inspirational.
One key learning I took away, was about removing the stigma surrounding mental health and to stop being judgemental. We need to continue to create an environment where we can encourage others to talk about their issues and that its nothing to be ashamed of.
Overall, I hope it encourages others to speak out about mental health and the message we want to send out is ‘Say it, don’t hide it - it’s time to talk!’”
Having taken part in Mental Health Awareness Week in May, and with a further training course ‘MIND Mental Health for Managers’ planned for October, this is a continued programme of training and awareness for SBSUK.
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