// Travis Perkins will increase the number of accredited mental health first aiders from 40 to over 250 by the summer
// This initiative complements a whole raft of other support for colleagues
Travis Perkins has announced it is on track to deliver its commitment to ensure there are six times more mental health first aiders (MHFAs) in the business as mental health awareness week progresses.
The initiative to increase the number of accredited MHFAs from 40 to over 250 has been accelerated to proactively manage colleagues’ wellbeing in the workplace.
This initiative complements a whole raft of other support for colleagues, which includes an employee assistance programme for counselling and emotional support as well as a mental wellbeing app and assessment tool, activity and mindfulness resources and discounts on gym memberships, exercise equipment, online fitness and other financial offers.
“During Covid, our mental health and wellbeing have been put to the test like never before, but as an industry leader with a proud history of upholding family values, our strong people focus has served us well,” Travis Perkins group HSE and fleet director Richard Byrne said.
“It has underpinned our pandemic response and helped us work collectively to resolve the many challenges this past year has posed for our 20,000 plus colleagues in balancing their home and work lives.
“Our MHFAs play a key role as ambassadors across all areas of wellbeing; to be the first port of call in the workplace for mental health support for colleagues, raise awareness and encourage positive behaviours amongst our workforce on a voluntary basis, and to identify signs of poor mental health and help individuals access professional support if they need it.
“But we are very clear that they are not there to diagnose or provide ongoing support or counselling.”