As well as offering Private Medical Insurance and access to an Employee Assistance Programme for all our staff, we wanted to strengthen our wellbeing support even further. Following some consultation, a number of our staff volunteered to train as mental health first aiders.
Without exception, each delegate found the course informative and helpful. Richard Samuel, Civils Contracts Manager, said, “ The course gave me a much greater understanding of the signs and symptoms of someone that might be struggling with mental health issues. It also opened my eyes in how important it can be to offer front line first aid to someone that may be suffering.”
Rob Woolliscroft, Quarry Manager (pictured), found the course to be particularly helpful, bearing in mind the difficulties we are currently facing. He said, “the course gave me the confidence and tools required to deal with one of the big issues we face, not only at work, but life in general – and that is mental health. Most people suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and it is always good to know we have someone to turn to… especially poignant with the current pandemic causing additional stress to many people.”
Huge well done and big thanks to Rob Woolliscroft, Kirsty Fraser, Richard Samuel, Lisa Allen and Enfys Thomas by completing the Mental Health First Aid course with St John Ambulance .