Britannia Security Group Ltd has joined a partnership lead by Serco in supporting mental health awareness by for the first time introducing ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training for employees across national workplaces.
Using well-established training provider Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), the partnership will be offering the organisation’s ‘First Responder’ and ‘Champions’ courses to duty, operations, general and team managers, as well as safeguarding leads at each of the three elite athlete training centres.
The Mental Health First Aid courses are designed to arm participants with the skills and knowledge required to deal with key mental health issues in the workplace, aiming to:
- Give a deeper understanding of common issues that impact on people’s mental health
- Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot signs and symptoms, and guide people towards appropriate support
- Reduce stigma around the issue and boost confidence in dealing with the subject
- Encourage people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Promote early intervention, which in turn enables recovery
Steve Nelson, Serco Partnership Director, said:
“As a society, we’re definitely getting better at talking about mental health, but there is still a long way to go, so we wanted to build our people’s skills and understanding in this important area. As part of our ongoing work with our industry partners, we are committed to supporting them in their key objective to promote mental wellbeing, and this is just one of the steps we are taking to embed this into our culture to support our employees and the athletes that train at the centres. There should never be a stigma around mental health, and our aim is to make talking about it as natural as discussing any common physical health issue.”
Jaan Madan, Head of the Client Experience Team, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, said:
“It goes without saying that leisure operators like Serco and its partners recognise the importance of physical health. By providing Mental Health First Aid training and advocating for others to do the same, they are now underlining their commitment to supporting mental health as well. The training we deliver empowers individuals not only to support their own mental health but also to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health in others and guide them to further support, be that self-help or professional services. The sporting world is increasingly engaging with the mental health agenda, and it’s wonderful to see organisations like Serco leading the way in this sector.”