Barratt North Scotland battles the blues with Mental Health First Aid Team

Barratt North Scotland will mark this year’s World Mental Health Awareness Day with the appointment of 15 fully trained mental health first aiders, serving staff and contractors at sites and head offices across the region.

The announcement formalises the housebuilder’s commitment to improving mental wellbeing within the construction industry and to providing staff with a caring and supportive working environment.

According to recent data from the Office for National Statistics, male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Barratt aims to tackle this shocking figure head-on by making it easier for staff to seek confidential support for themselves and their colleagues through the first aid team.

Speaking of the new roles, David Palmer, managing director for Barratt North Scotland, said: “Over the years, physical health and safety has rightly been a top priority for the construction industry, but mental wellbeing is just as important and must be given the resource and focus it deserves.

“When Barratt Homes employees come to work every day, they should feel supported, valued and able to be the best person they can be. Our fully trained mental health first aiders will cover all of our sites and offices, giving everyone a confidant and helping hand when they need it.”

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill-health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

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