Timber Merchant Provides Mental Health Training to Support Employee Well-being

(L-R) Darren Coleman, Branch Development Manager, Adam Ramejkis, Branch Operations Manager, Camille Bowman, HR Manager, Gordon Bache, Operations Manager, and Andrew Watters, Production Manager.

SIX members of NYTimber’s management team are now fully-qualified Adult Mental Health First Aiders.

The training, delivered by Mental Health First Aid England, means the team are now fully-qualified to identify and support the recovery of employees that are struggling with mental health problems.

Covering areas such as depression, suicide, substance misuse, anxiety, and personality and eating disorders, the training provided the NYTimber team with a five-point action plan to work through when administering mental health first aid.

Important issue
Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasingly important issue; last year, Theresa May pledged to update health and safety regulations to give mental health the same standing as physical health. It is the aim for all UK employers to have qualified Mental Health First Aiders in place, in the same way there are mandatory Physical First Aiders.

Camille Bowman, Human Resources Manager at NYTimber, said: “Employers have a responsibility for the health of their employees, and this should not be limited to physical health. This is especially important at NYTimber where men, who account for 75% of all UK suicides, make up 95% of the workforce.

“By increasing awareness of the support available, and reducing any stigma associated with mental health issues, employers can help prevent suicide and provide support to those that need it most.”

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