Today, Tuesday October 10th, we marked World Mental Health Day with a Wellbeing Event at our Thames Refinery, and colleagues across the business were encouraged to wear green as a symbol of mental health awareness.
At the event, our Occupational Health conducted free blood pressure and BMI checks, and a Wellbeing Advisor from our benefits partner Unum offered guidance on health and wellbeing.
We also recruited more Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) to join the existing team of MHFA who are trained to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis to their colleagues. In the same way as physical first aid, our MHFA can recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.
We hope that by promoting the role of MHFA we encourage our colleagues to talk more freely about mental health, reduce stigma and create a more positive culture as we strive to be an employer of choice.
You can read about what being a Mental Health First Aider involves by our colleague Natalie Mayer here – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023 | Tate & Lyle Sugars: Sustainably Refined