Saturday, May 30, 2020

Christeyns expands conversations around mental health

Chemical and laundry engineering specialist Christeyns believes it should take a proactive, preventive approach to employee mental ill health, and in support of  Mental Health Awareness Week is encourage conversations on mental health with a focus on a different mental health topic each day.

The company’s HR Manager Sarah Dufton said: “In our business, health and safety is an absolute priority. Mental health wellbeing forms part of this agenda and is just as important as physical illness. As an employer, we have a large part to play in building awareness and understanding. Following a review last year of our mental health support offerings and policies, we have invested a considerable portion of our HR budget into this important area.”

There has been, and continues to be, a significant shift in the awareness and understanding of mental health and it is particularly prevalent in the mindset of the younger generation. We should now find a working population that are much more informed and empowered when it comes to discussing mental health and who expect to be supported.

“It is crucial that we ensure all members of our workforce are equally informed, and are able to understand and identify potential mental health issues,“ added Sarah. “Although a lot of great work has been carried out in society to build awareness of mental health issues and their impact over recent years, we still, as individuals, tend to overlook or neglect our own mental health.”

Christeyns identified several training activities, resources, and assistance programmes that are now rolling out across the UK group of companies. The initial part of this rollout was to train volunteer mental health first aiders, the first group completed training in November 2018 and a further ten individuals will undergo similar training next month.

The role of a MHFA in the workplace is to be a confidential point of contact for employees who are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. MHFAs are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.

“My reason for volunteering was really simple,” states Debbie Sproul in Payroll. “I have known quite a few people who have taken their own lives and if I could help prevent just one then for me it would be ‘job done’.  I believe there is still a taboo surrounding mental health and by having MHFA’s we can help to break down these barriers and show people it is okay to talk about what’s going on in their head.”

Following the completion of the MHFA training, Christeyns will launch a timeline to build awareness for everyone in the business, with enhanced training for line managers and a mental health manual will be issued outlining related policies, assistance programmes, summary facts and useful information. Every second management team briefing will also include a section on mental health, to keep the topic front of mind.

For many companies the challenge lies in bridging the gap between positive intent and meaningful action. Being aware of the issue and instigating open discussion is one thing but it is practical, actionable solutions that are required in order to gain results. Christeyns is totally committed to taking action, demonstrating this with well-laid plans that are already reaping benefits.  By the end of the year mental health will be a seamless part of company policy understood by all and not just a phrase used without context.

Help us maintain our standards of journalism

Readers enjoy our news site but keeping our news up to date and authoritative, without charging readers to view the site is a challenge. Especially now with the Corona Virus measures affecting us all, as many clients have been severely affected and are naturally reducing their spend on advertisements. Given this lack of revenue stream we are calling on the generosity of our readers to help us fill that void and enable our journalists to continue delivering the news that you enjoy.

Unlike many other news sites, we don't have annoying pop ups or charge scandalous prices for events. We also produce printed magazines for each title and we make these freely available to read on line too, for your enjoyment. Often, people have asked why we don't make a charge for viewers to read these magazines and news stories but we feel that would adversely affect our readership/advertisers response rate. But with advertising revenues now severely affected we need your help. So, if you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs from just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the current storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

We value your readership and your support, as this enables us to continue to provide our regular daily news updates. We've been established over 30 years, during which we've lost count of the numerous recessions and financial meltdowns, and we intend to weather the storms caused by Covid-19. So, every reader contribution, however big or small, is invaluable in helping us to get through this. Please click here to help support your favourite news site/magazine.




Latest news

Channel 4 puts Leeds at centre of digital strategy

Channel 4 has this week unveiled plans for its Leeds-based in-house digital content studio, 4Studio, putting the city at the epicentre of its digital...

Bank cash sees biofuel supplier support NHS

A Barnsley-based biofuel supplier has secured six-figure funding to provide fuel to an NHS hospital during the continuing pandemic. The funding from HSBC UK will...

Pandemic sees business confidence plummet in Yorkshire

Business confidence in Yorkshire fell 12 points during May to a near-record low of -31%, according to the latest ‘Business Barometer’ from Lloyds Bank...

Harris CM begins contract to extend specialist engineering campus

Harris CM has started work on a contract to extend York College’s specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus. The contact will see the Yorkshire construction...

Gelder reveal its new ‘Can Do’ Commercial Division Leadership Team

The Gelder Group merged its Facilities Maintenance and Building and Major Contracts Divisions in 2019 to one ‘Commercial Division’ reporting in to Construction Director...

Safe working guidelines published for British businesses

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new safe working guidelines to help businesses manage a safe return to work and reoccupation of...

Related news

Channel 4 puts Leeds at centre of digital strategy

Channel 4 has this week unveiled plans for its Leeds-based in-house digital content studio, 4Studio, putting the city at the epicentre of its digital...

Bank cash sees biofuel supplier support NHS

A Barnsley-based biofuel supplier has secured six-figure funding to provide fuel to an NHS hospital during the continuing pandemic. The funding from HSBC UK will...

Pandemic sees business confidence plummet in Yorkshire

Business confidence in Yorkshire fell 12 points during May to a near-record low of -31%, according to the latest ‘Business Barometer’ from Lloyds Bank...

Harris CM begins contract to extend specialist engineering campus

Harris CM has started work on a contract to extend York College’s specialist motor vehicle and engineering campus. The contact will see the Yorkshire construction...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close