Mental Health Awareness Week: Signposting

18th May 2018

During this Mental Health Awareness Week, we have been looking at stress, how to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and how to spot signs of mental health issues in your friends and colleagues.

Knowing where to get help, or where to signpost your friends and colleagues to for help, is really important. Here are a list of some of the people and organisations you can contact to get help or information:

  • Work – With awareness of mental health problems being raised, particularly in the workplace, many employers now have designated Mental Health Awareness Ambassadors trained to work with employees on any issues they may be dealing with. Hughes and Salvidge’s Mental Health Awareness Ambassador is Lori Noble.
  • Your Social Circle – Family, friends and colleagues can be a great source of comfort, providing a good listening ear, and may well have experienced mental health problems themselves.
  • Your GP – Your  family doctor is a great person to speak to about mental health problems. Aside from the medical advice they provide, it can sometimes seem easier to talk with a ‘stranger’ rather than someone close to you.
  • Mind – Mind are a nationwide charity. Their website holds a wealth of information and support: https://www.mind.org.uk/
  • The Samaritans – Founded in 1953, the Samaritans charity has long been associated with helping people with their mental health. You can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit their website: https://www.samaritans.org/

Hughes and Salvidge always strive to ensure that our employees feel safe and supported. We are open to learning about further training, methods and organisations that can bolster our current approach to mental health and are excited to hear suggestions from our team members and outside organisations on how we can progress our efforts to support our teams.

Article By Nicola Wallace

Nikki has worked at Hughes and Salvidge since 2013, working on some of our biggest tenders and projects for major clients, including Ford, Ineos, Portsmouth City Council, and Shell UK.

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