October 14, 2021
Safety is more than the physical working environment. At Bradbury, we believe that wellbeing is a key component in creating a safe workplace for our employees.
With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in the UK, and the working environment being a contributing factor, employee wellbeing is more important than ever.
As a company we recognised the need to invest in Mental Health First Aiders. This provides both confidential support and impartial advice when our employees need it most.
Completed in April 2021, Aimee Burman, HR & Payroll Coordinator and Kayleigh Johnson, Production Planner undertook a two-day interactive course, through Mental Health First Aid England.
By undertaking the course, Aimee and Kayleigh are trained to follow the five-step MHFA action plan, providing support should one of our employees need it.
“It is crucial we recognise why mental health is so important in the workplace” says Aimee. “Supporting our employees to be mentally healthy not only benefits our employees, but also increases happiness and productivity in the workplace, and reduces the number of absences in the company. A healthy workplace is a happy workplace!
Left to right: Kayleigh Johnson & Aimee Burman; Bradbury Group Mental Health First Aiders
The support provided by Aimee and Kayleigh is more than a physical role. The team are trained to provide first aid from a distance, applying the same principles as in-person conversations and offering ongoing tips and support.
In the future, Aimee and Kayleigh plan to communicate more wellbeing advice through newsletters and other initiatives. “Life can be difficult at times and we sometimes forget to take care of our mental health” says Aimee. “It is important to remind our employees we are here if they need support”.
“At Bradbury Group, we encourage employees to take regular breaks, keep in touch with their colleagues, family and friends, or simply ask for help if they need it” says Kayleigh. “Exercise is a key component to positive mental health and we will continue to support this through the use of our onsite gym and company organised events such as Pretty Muddy, as well as companywide social activities”.
For help, support or guidance on how to look after your mental health, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.
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