News | 10th December 2019

Journey Rolls out Mental Health First Aid Training for Team

Journey Rolls out Mental Health First Aid Training for Team

At Journey we take our teams well-being seriously. As part of our ongoing commitment to wellbeing responsibility, we started looking after each other's mental health ensuring we began to increase awareness of issues and conditions that might affect us or people we work with and know. 

As an organisation we are committed to embracing an ongoing programme of awareness around mental health in our working environment and to remove any stigmas attached to conditions to enable everyone to be more open about their mental health. 

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and traditional first-aid training doesn’t equip individuals with the right set of skills to cope with such issues. We embarked on a Mental Health First Aid training programme with local providers; Zone Safety Training. Their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course, that specifically teaches people how to help someone experiencing mental health problems and is designed to teach how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and provide help on a first aid basis.

“At Journey, our employees’ mental health is of equal importance to their physical health, we actually have more Mental Health First Aiders across our business than we do physical health first aiders. It's essential for all workplaces to overcome any stigma attached to mental health and to educate our teams to have better awareness - so they know where to go when they need support. Our people are our main asset and it's our duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace” Charlie Heavey - People & Potential Journey

We now have six official Mental Health First Aiders at Journey and by allowing our team to lead on the initiative, we are helping to build our employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health and break the stigma and encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery.

Many ingredients go into a successful workplace wellbeing strategy and mental health first aid is one part of this. We look forward to continually promoting a mentally healthy environment where employees recognise their mental and physical health are supported as equal parts of the whole person.