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Taylor Made have undergone some ‘eye opening’ awareness training as we continue to break the stigma around mental health.

We are strengthening the commitment to employee wellbeing by hosting training sessions with the help of our local NHS occupational health team this month.
Over 20 employees attended the sessions from different levels throughout the business.

Health practitioners trained our staff on how to recognise key symptoms and how to start those difficult conversations with colleagues. The training will also help our employees outside of work, if they know anyone dealing with mental health.

Jonathan, our HR Manager said: “The response we have received has been excellent. Staff described the training day as both ‘eye opening’ and ‘hard hitting’. It is not an easy subject to deal with but they came out of it with some fantastic skills and a greater appreciation of people.”

While some companies are moving in the right direction, there is still a stigma around mental health in businesses. Taylor Made want the mental health first aiders to provide skilled support, however he is not looking to launch a team of councillors.

Jonathan added, “Mental health has a huge impact on employee absence and sickness rates. Unfortunately, is someone is suffering with the symptoms of depression for example, a colleague might look over and think they are simply slacking off or not pulling their weight.

We need to get people to look at this in a different way. We need to think: “What can we do to help this person? What’s actually going on here?” Our first aiders will not be councillors, they will be trained to spot symptoms, provide much-needed support at the first point of contact and point people in the right direction. They will be approachable and well informed. Eventually, that attitude will filter through the entire business.”

The decision to appoint the first aiders comes after Taylor Made ran a number of initiative for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Bake sales, running and walking competitions and various other fundraising activities took place to raise £300 for a Fareham based charity, The Moving On Project.

Jonathan added: “It isn’t just about the week, it’s about 365 days of consideration for our staff and their mental and physical wellbeing.”

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