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Here at Dee Set we want to recognise that it’s okay not to be okay and make this an integral part of our culture going forwards.

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Mental health first aid at work - It's okay not to be okay!

It could be easy to dismiss the strangeness of living in a world with COVID-19 as a ‘new normal’ that we will simply come to terms with over time. In reality, as Winter approaches some of us may find that adjustment hard to make without a little extra help and support.

Here at Dee Set we want to recognise that it’s okay not to be okay and make this an integral part of our culture going forwards.

With that in mind we were delighted when Pam Buso, a member of our People Team, asked if she could take the lead in creating a mental health first aid group for the benefit of our 3500 fantastic frontline colleagues.Pam herself is a fully qualified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) and is driven by her vision to create a holistic approach to first aid here at Dee Set.

We asked our colleagues to share some thoughts about this important subject:

Having MHFA trained colleagues helps to embed a culture of care within the team which is invaluable for ensuring colleagues feel supported.

It’s important that our colleagues know that there are people who understand mental health wellbeing and that there is always someone who will listen and understand if they need to talk.

I’m really passionate about MHFA from both a personal and professional perspective.

Having worked in a People function for many years I understand the effects that mental health can have on an individual. Sometimes people can feel alienated and unsupported which is why I have been so keen to introduce the concept of Mental Health First Aid here at Dee Set.

It’s important that workplaces have people who are trained to recognise the signs and have a mentality that champions support over judgement – it’s okay not to be okay!

Mental Health First Aid training isn’t about providing advice, it’s about listening and signposting to the right support resources that are available.

Mental Health First Aiders must be prepared to give up their time to listen, however long it takes, and be careful to listen without judgement.

As the majority of our workforce are field based and work remotely, I’d like to develop a strategy so that everyone feels connected and supported despite often working alone.Here at Dee Set we want to recognise that it’s okay not to be okay and make this an integral part of our culture going forwards.

Thank you Pam, we’re proud and grateful for the initiative and leadership you’ve shown on this thoughtful step in the right direction – well done!