A new tranche of mental health first aiders has undergone their official training as part of our commitment to safeguarding the wellbeing of our team.

Six members of site and office based staff took part in the two-day Mental Health First Aid training that was delivered by Paycare – they join the three mental health first aiders we already have in post.

The course gives an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, alongside practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues and to support someone with mental health issues.

Every member of staff will receive mental health first aid training as one of our initiatives to enhance the wellbeing of all our staff. Our directors and senior managers will complete a one-day Champion course next week that aims to build knowledge and confidence to advocate mental health awareness.

Training Manager Michelle Benjamin, who was one of the delegates, said: “As an industry, construction has an alarmingly high rate of suicide and mental health issues and we want to do all we can to support our colleagues.

“We all have a duty to look out for one another and this training will provide us with the skills we need to identify and provide the listening ear and help someone may need.”

We recently appointed Sabrina Davies to the new role of health and wellbeing officer to develop our overarching company-wide strategy of the welfare assistance we provide to our staff.