Hermes UK launches mental health first aiders programme

Hermes UK launches mental health first aiders programme

Parcel delivery organisation Hermes UK has appointed 72 mental health ambassadors to promote good mental health across its organisation.

The organisation, which employs 5,500 staff, has equipped 72 volunteers with the resources and skills to support staff that are struggling with mental health issues during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The mental health first aiders, that have been trained by the organisation in November 2020, have learnt to spot the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health, and to encourage colleagues to access appropriate support. The volunteers have also been encouraged to signpost mental health help to employees.

To further commit to raising awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health, the organisation has additionally launched an online wellbeing hub in November. Through the internal online platform, employees can access professional advice on how to better manage their wellbeing through blog posts, and share personal stories with their peers.

Jill Maples, HR director at Hermes UK, said: “Our vision is to create a great place to work – an environment where our employees can grow, develop and reach their potential. As part of this commitment, we will focus on ensuring that everyone feels supported in looking after their own mental health as well as those around them. This is ever more important as we all continue to feel the impact of the pandemic on almost every aspect of our lives.”