The health and wellbeing of our employees is a number one priority for us at Scotch Partners. The global pandemic has given us challenges that has required us to show resilience, strength and kindness in order for us to get through. With this in mind and as part of our continued wellbeing agenda, we are pleased to announce that we now have not one but two newly qualified Mental Health First Aiders.
Jacob Perry, Acoustics Consultant, and Ella Pope, Building Services Consultant, completed the training with Mental Health First Aid England at the end of 2021.
“Mental Health and wellness is more important than ever,” Ella states. “With the construction industry unfortunately ranking as one of the highest affected industries, I am hoping to help to raise awareness and give support where possible.”
The role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. The training is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. This interaction between the Mental Health First Aider and the employee could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.
“1 in 4 people experience diagnosable mental health conditions, but less than half of those receive treatment,” said Jacob. “If I can do something to contribute to a more mental-health positive atmosphere then perhaps that might encourage more people to seek help”