19th October 2018
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Today is Mental Health Awareness Day, this is a day for all of us to be conscious about mental health and understand the impact that this can have on an individual and their life in totality, this is something that we at Morganstone take very seriously.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Mental health is important at every stage in life, especially in the workplace, and can determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.
Many people around us suffer with some level of mental health issues at some time in their life, some will be suffering now and this can often go unrecognised and hence unsupported. We wish to not only raise awareness to mental health, but to support managers in being able to recognise and address such issues.
Whether it concerns recognising someone else’s issues with mental health and referring to somebody that can support or even supporting themselves, Morganstone places the acknowledgement of mental health in the workplace amongst its highest priorities.
As today is Mental Health Day, we have taken the opportunity to develop a new policy which considers mental health and wellbeing and how we as a company wish to manage and support regarding this matter. Ian Morgan, our Managing Director, had this to add,
“It is well documented that the biggest killer of men under 45 is suicide and that construction is a sector that stands out most with regard to this terrible statistic. As a society we really have to make sure that it is ok not to be ok and the more that we can make speaking out about concerns that a person has, the more acceptable it will be for men to not bottle up emotions and to share their feelings. As a company we are devoting our time and effort to share this message across all of our sites and work places”
As part of our health and wellbeing programme, our focus in November will be on awareness of mental health and wellbeing. After receiving mental health first aid training last month, our Community Engagement Manager, Nia Collard, will be attending sites throughout November to deliver sessions on mental health across the workforce. Nia was very happy with the results of her training, adding,
“Mental health touches the lives of so many people, I'm proud to play a key part in driving forward a Mental Health Awareness campaign across the Morganstone workforce. The training that I received was both informative and touching, and I am keen to share this important message.”