The good mental health campaign at the Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre took a huge step forward when 12 staff were trained as Mental Health First Aiders. It follows on from a Mental Health briefing session delivered to staff earlier in the year.
Usdaw Lifelong Learning Project Worker Julia Baldwin said:
The company is committed to promoting good mental health and our reps are only too pleased to work with us on a joint campaign.”
We used the company’s Market Place in the staff canteen to promote the issue and collected over 200 signed pledges. It shows that staff are committed to helping and supporting each other at work. Training up Mental Health First Aiders sets up the infrastructure we need to put that commitment into practice.”
The new First Aiders are all being introduced to staff through the site newsletter, The Huddle. First in the spotlight was Ian Beesley, a Fork Lift Truck Driver and Usdaw Shop Steward.
I wanted to become a Mental Health First Aider to help and support others.”
I would like to erase the stigma attached to mental health. With 1 in 4 people suffering with some form of mental health issue, I feel it is time for change. The stresses and strains of everyday life are becoming more intense but the support available now has never been greater. My role is to listen and support anybody that may be suffering with a mental health issue, with total confidentiality assured.”