Scotch Partners’ Mental Health First Aider

As part of our wellbeing agenda, we are pleased to say that we now have our first qualified Mental Health First Aider. Sustainability and Wellness Consultant, Imogen Christodoulou, has completed the training with Mental Health First Aid England.

Over the past year, we have been working on our health and wellbeing agenda at Scotch Partners starting with our design of our office in January 2018. With two qualified First Aiders, the next step for us was to have a qualified Mental Health First Aider so that we could support our employees physical and mental health.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in the UK. By undertaking the course, Imogen has learnt practical mental health skills and awareness training which can help to create a safe and healthy workplace. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. The course teaches how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially reach out to someone before a crisis happens.

The next step for Imogen and Scotch Partners is to re-visit our wellbeing strategy, to ensure that it:

  • embeds a long-term positive culture
  • builds employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma
  • encourages people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery
  • empowers people with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work

“I think it’s great that Scotch Partners have recognised the importance of having a mental health first aider in the workplace and as a WELL Accredited Professional, I’m pleased to be the first trained at Scotch” said Imogen. “I’m hoping to put policies in place to make sure everyone feels supported in their mental health. The course has been really interesting and given me a lot of skills and confidence in how to help and support my colleagues.”