Cripps Pemberton Greenish work to improve mental health awareness
A group of staff at Cripps Pemberton Greenish have become qualified mental health first aiders, following completion of a training course with West Kent Mind.
Sixteen members of staff from across the business completed the two-day course, which is designed to understand and spot the symptoms of mental ill-health, in order to assist employees who may be experiencing mental health issues in silence.
Mental health problems are common across all sectors of society. It is estimated that in any one year, one in four British adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health disorder such as stress, anxiety or depression. However, many individuals still find the subject difficult to talk about, which the course works to address.
Emma Brooks, head of Human Resources (HR) at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, commented: “Mental health affects so many people, but people still don’t feel confident speaking about their own concerns or approaching the subject with others.
Courses such as these are really important in developing more of an in-depth understanding of mental health issues and removing the stigma surrounding these conversations. Our mental health first aiders now feel confident in starting, what can be, difficult conversations, and feel able to guide people towards appropriate support.”
The firm’s mental health first aiders are now able to understand mental health issues and the factors that can affect wellbeing, and reassure and support a person in distress.
Cripps Pemberton Greenish announced in May that it had raised over £28,000 for its charity of the year, Rethink Mental Illness, a charity providing advice and information to individuals severely affected by mental illness.