Introducing our mental health ambassadors

In our continued efforts to address mental health issues in the workplace, we have trained 8 Mental Health Ambassadors to look for signs, lend an ear and generally be there for any of our employees who may need them.

In our continued efforts to address mental health issues in the workplace, we have trained 8 Mental Health Ambassadors to look for signs, lend an ear and generally be there for any of our employees who may need them.

In 2017, we (quite rightly) saw a spotlight shone on mental health in our industry. Statistics show that a staggering 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year. Work-related stress is the second most common health problem across  the whole of Europe.

Stigma

People often feel the resources to help address stress at work are limited. What’s even more concerning is the stigma surrounding mental health can make asking for resources much harder.

This can increase the likelihood of conflict amongst colleagues; leave individuals with mental health issues unable to focus or complete tasks; and so many other negative impacts.

You might remember our Mental Health Campaign on Instagram around World Mental Health Day in October, as we wanted to kick-start our conversation around mental health at Text100. This was the beginning of a series of initiatives to help our people feel comfortable in the workplace, and make us better equipped to help those that may be struggling.

The next stage

We are proud to announce that we have begun the next stage in this process as we completed our first Mental Health First Aid training workshop. We now have 8 Mental Health Ambassadors from across the EMEA region educated on mental health who are able to spot the physical signs of those who are suffering from mental health issues.

The 3-day course in London set out to make our Ambassadors feel more equipped to support a colleague when needed, and as a result they are officially MHFA certified.

They are:

  • James Smith –EMEA-wide, based in London
  • Ilaria Baggi – Milan
  • Elena Ramos – Madrid
  • Tara Walker Rapley- London
  • Lee Peters – London
  • Maxine Lowdon- London
  • Jorge Beltran Hetherington – London/EMEA
  • Claudia Keller – Munich

What’s next

It doesn’t end here. Our Mental Health Ambassadors will be sharing some exciting information across our EMEA offices over the next few weeks, helping to continue the conversation around this sensitive topic at work. They will also be our go-to people for any information or confidential catch-ups for our teams across EMEA.

Our aim is to ensure we have an inclusive workplace culture that allows people struggling with mental health issues to feel comfortable coming to work.

We also want to take preventative steps; living in an ‘always on’ society has its challenges, especially in our industry. A flexible working approach may help alleviate some of the strain, but we’re well aware there’s more we can do. Our Mental Health Ambassadors are an important step in the right direction.

 

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