10 October 2018

Flagship implement Mental Health First Aiders to support staff

We are continuing to support the wellbeing of our staff by implementing a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Mental Health First Aiders.

On World Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October) and with one in four people suffering from a mental health illness, Flagship is highlighting the message - “it’s ok not to be ok”.

As part of our wellbeing plan for staff, an instructor and 37 first aiders have been trained to help with mental health issues – such as depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts, and to also provide support in getting the right professional help. Training people internally is more cost effective and enables scope to grow.

Mental Health First Aid Instructor at Flagship, Lyn Halsted said: “Having a job can be extremely rewarding and it’s important to enjoy it as you spend so much time at work. But occasionally there may be times when things feel like they’re getting on top of you.

“We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, but there is still a stigma surrounding it, which we’re trying to tackle.

“We are a large employer and have a lot of staff who work remotely. Already we’ve received some really positive feedback as staff are coming forward and being open and honest about their feelings. We believe it’s a great resource and expertise to have in-house.”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid and helps to:

  • Prevent mental health issues from becoming more serious
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Raise awareness as a community
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Improve health and wellbeing

 

In addition, Flagship has an online Wellbeing Centre providing access to wellbeing resources such as videos and tips from wellness experts to help staff lead healthier lives.

The organisation also has a Running Club and regular netball sessions.