Investing in our Staff Welfare
We have taken a new step towards enhancing and protecting the wellbeing of our team with the appointment of two mental health first aiders.
Business and Planning Executive Jenny Powell and Architectural Technician Joe Weigh have undergone comprehensive training, delivered by Simpila Health on behalf of Mental Health First Aid England, qualifying them as mental health first aiders for the next three years.
Evidence shows that if people who are experiencing early symptoms of mental ill health feel able to talk about them, particularly in the workplace, it can prevent the problem escalating into a full-blown illness — something that is particularly pertinent in current times with the pressures presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
Their training involved being able to spot changes in behaviour that could indicate an underlying or developing mental health problem and Joe and Jenny will be available to signpost their colleagues to appropriate help.
Base Managing Director Harry Reece said: “Mental ill health can be caused by a range of factors from relationship problems or financial worries or stress in the workplace. Whether the cause is home or work related, a healthy working environment and having people like Jenny and Joe is important to promoting employee health and preventing full–blown mental illness.
“This is a further step forward as we evolve and grow as a company and reinforces our Base Cares strategy. By implementing our own in-house strategy, it sets out how we concentrate on safeguarding the welfare of our team as part of our commitment to a better work and living environment.”
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