More than 30 businesses attended a mental health awareness seminar hosted by the West Lindsey Skills Partnership to address the importance of positive mental health wellbeing in the workplace.
Guest speakers included representatives from ACIS, UNISON, West Lindsey District Council and The Armed Forces Community Advice Service, amongst many more.
Michael Johnson, Chairman of the West Lindsey Education & Skills Partnership and Commercial & Partnership Manager at LAGAT Training, was overwhelmed to see such a great reception at the event.
He said: “The partnership needed to focus on mental health and on ways in which we can help employers and their staff in the workplace. This event, was such a great achievement for us all in creating positive conversations about how it is okay to be not okay.
“West Lindsey has a very diverse workforce within a variety of businesses, but this is a subject that can affect anyone at any time. I would like to sincerely thank everyone for attending this successful event and for the guest speakers who shared their knowledge and supported us on this important issue.”
Research shows that mental health issues account for about 70 million working days lost per year.
Pupils from Christ’s Hospital School gave a speech about the importance of talking about mental health and offering support. Finlay Prone, 16, stressed the importance of being kind to one another. He said: “Events like this help build a positive conversation about mental health, and can really encourage people to talk and support one another.
“I would urge people to talk to your employers, your confidence will build and it can be really reassuring. Above all, make sure you are a kind person, because you never know just how much your kindness could mean to someone – every single person can help towards mental health.”
Cllr Pat Mewis, Chairman of the Council was pleased to be able to attend the event. She said: “It was both an informative and inspiring event. Although it was geared towards the work place, it would have been of interest to anyone.
“The whole event was presented in such a professional manner. The speakers held everyone’s interest throughout, each one communicated their experiences and skills in such a positive but entertaining way.
“I was delighted to see how as a council, we are able to support our local businesses by bringing this important issue to the fore, especially during World Mental Health Week.”
The event concluded with the opportunity for businesses to sign up a representative to become a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First Aid is a national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use.
West Lindsey area businesses interested in this opportunity are invited get in touch with Amanda Bouttell at the council by emailing Amanda.Bouttell@West-Lindsey.gov.uk