With awareness of mental health more prevalent than ever, Crown Highways has stepped up to ensure that it is fully equipped to offer support to employees who may need it.
Crown Highways is now a company that provides a total of 7 internal Mental Health first aiders to its employees, after a further 4 members of the company workforce took on and completed the 2-day training course in December.
It’s a diverse group consisting of both male and female first aiders, including both office staff and operatives all varying in age.
Crown Highways hopes to be able to provide a variety of support options to ensure there is at least one Mental Health First Aider who each member of staff can see as approachable, relatable and somebody able to seek support from.
Branching out to reach out
Not only have the Crown Mental Health First Aiders volunteered their services internally, they have also opened up their support to the whole of the Area 9 SRN Alliance.
The Area 9 SRN Alliance consists of 15 companies of various sizes who all work on the Strategic Road Network within the Midlands.
Crown is committed to the importance of positive mental health and at a time where many are struggling, they wanted to ensure that employees and fellow alliance members had somewhere to turn should they need it.
Crown’s Mental Health First Aiders have already received many calls from a diverse pool of people displaying an equally diverse range of requirements.
Mike Dale, Managing Director of Crown Highways commented saying:
“We are both grateful to, and proud of our staff members who have volunteered to become a Mental Health First Aider, and even more grateful that they were happy for us to share their details with the Area 9 Alliance.
“If just one of them can help a single person then the undeniably worthwhile process becomes a successful one. As a company, our message on mental health issues is very clear; Please don’t suffer alone in silence, there is always somewhere to turn.”
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