Digital marketing agency Hallam is appointing four mental health first aiders to promote good mental health across its organisation.
After conducting a survey of its 64 employees, Hallam found that 15% of its staff are currently struggling with mental health issues due to the pressures of working at home during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, which prompted them to launch the programme.
Having been trained by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), the mental health first aiders have learnt to spot the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health, and to encourage individuals to access appropriate support or self-help. They have also received training by mental health charity Samaritans.
The mental health first aiders will be the first point of contact for employees struggling with their mental wellbeing. Providing support, information, encouraging appropriate professional help and encouraging other support; both remotely and face-to-face.
Jake Third, managing director at Hallam, said: “As organisations move to remote working, human connection has never been more important.
“I am really proud of all of our mental health first aiders who have gone through official MHFA England and Samaritans training. It takes courage to put yourself forward and support others, sometimes requiring very difficult conversations.”