At Closewood, we like to stay informed about important issues – not just on industry news. Whilst staying up to date with what is going on in the world of construction is vital, we also like to stay current and delve further into information that could affect our employees and the people we interact with.
Therefore, when the opportunity arose for three of our employees to attend an Adult Mental Health First Aid Course, we jumped at the chance. Mental health is something that has been spoken about a lot recently and from what we learnt, for good reason. We all have mental health and related illnesses can creep up on anyone at any time – no matter who you are or what you do.
The purpose of the course was to teach us how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. It also showed us how to empower someone to access the support they may need for recovery or successful management of symptoms.
Our employees that attended were from a range of departments and even included our Managing Director as we deem it important to have a good coverage of knowledge across the business, not just at the top or within certain parts of the business. Anyone can recognise someone who may be struggling and for this reason, we thought it would be good to spread the knowledge throughout.
Part of taking part in the course also means that we now have access to ‘Mates in Mind’ which is a hub for employees that offers a 24 hour helpline, discounted counselling and so much more.
Did you know that 15 people a day commit suicide and out of those 15 people, 3 of them work in construction?
So although we like to obtain a range of knowledge not just relating to the construction industry in general, interestingly on this occasion, both are related and identifiable.
The course opened our eyes to how important it is to understand how someone can be helped and the tools you can equip your staff with to ensure this happens.
We learnt a lot and would like to thank MHFA Training for an excellent course and insight into how to listen, reassure and respond.