Mental Health Matters
We’re currently living and working through some very testing times, the word unprecedented has been used a lot, but actually hits the nail on the head. Sadly, none of us have any experience of times like this, how we should behave, feel and act and for some, this can prove to be too much to cope with.
Here at BioteCH4 we strongly believe that no one should suffer alone with their mental health and we know that talking about it is one of the most important things you can do. We have a team of people, who have all received the appropriate training, on hand to support every member of our team, whatever their requirements.
An important part of the work we’ve done to ensure our teams are supported, includes sending key members of the team on training courses and adapting the way we work to ensure everyone is considered in every situation.
Back in September, our Human Resources assistant, Kerry completed the Mind Mental Health First Aid course as part of our commitment to supporting our teams. The course, a 4 day programme of activity designed to arm people with the skills and resources to support their colleagues is a worthwhile investment and one which we’re investing in for further members of staff over the coming months.
The second support, as part of our Mental Health Matters pledge to our staff, is Adam. Adam completed a Mental Health First Aid course earlier this year with a local firm Everyone Health. Adam’s role means he’s regularly travelling across all our sites and so is on hand as a support to any of our staff.
Both these members of staff are positive mental health ambassadors for our business and are the first point of call for anyone who wishes to access support, discuss anything in confidence or who may just want some guidance on other support available to them.
Some really useful information can be found on the Mind website and we thoroughly recommend checking it out.
Other ways we encourage all our members of staff to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally are listed below.
- Eating a balanced diet
- Fostering an open door policy - ‘it’s good to talk’
- Promoting available support resources and raising awareness of mental health across our business
- Flexible working solutions for staff that need them
- Encourage regular exercise
- Recognise everyone should have access to support, we have a specific policy (available on request) that outlines our commitment to supporting our staff
If you have any further recommendations on changes we can make to ensure BioteCH4 is a happier, healthier place to work then we’d love to hear from you. Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria - Head of HR