Vertas Group Limited are actively working towards the goal of ending the stigma around mental health and supporting colleagues experiencing any issues with their own mental health.
We became the first facilities management company in East Anglia to sign the Time to Change pledge back in October and have now launched a Mental Health First Aiders programme; the first of many wellbeing initiatives that are due to be put in place. Mental Health First Aiders can identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue in the workplace. They are not therapists but can listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis, and can also help colleagues access available support services.
The first cohort of Mental Health First Aiders completed a training course in December and the scheme has now officially been launched, ready for Time to Talk day.