Boots staff sign up for mental health courses

More than two dozen staff at Boots Logistics in Nottingham signed up for mental health awareness and dementia care courses when the ULR team ran a learning event to mark World Mental Health Day in October.

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Usdaw Project Worker Neil Chapman said: “It was extremely successful with over 40 people wanting to do a course, either mental health awareness or dementia care.” 

The event was part of a broader joint campaign with the union and the company working together to tackle mental health issues in the workplace.

The learning centre currently offers a range of distance learning courses to help staff improve their knowledge of the issues, including Understanding Mental Health, Understanding Autism, Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

In addition, ULRs have organised pumpkin picking events and set up a rambling group for exercise and outdoor walks, as part of mental health charity MIND’s ecotherapy programme, which helps people improve their mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activities in nature.

This story first appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of The Learning Rep.