Direct Line, a major UK based insurance provider, has made a commitment to their staff's mental health by embedding mental health first aiders into their workforce.
In March last year, more than 1100 managers underwent mental health awareness training in order to provide mental health support to its 10,300 employees. Richard Stanbury, head of employee relations and senior business partner at Direct Line, says: "I would expect the challenges within the organisation to be similar to those facing the UK population. As people come out of the Christmas and New Year period, for example, there'll be financial concerns. Relationship issues can be quite a major factor in the Christmas break. This time of year also accentuates issues that were already in place."
Stanbury also said "We've gone down the track of trying to take a similar approach to mental health first aid as we do for physical first aid,". According to the HSE, a staggering 15.4 million working days are lost due to mental ill health every year compared to only 3.9 million for physical injuries. With this in mind, we're delighted to see that Direct Line have joined a growing number of large organisations, that are recognising the impact that this can have on their staff and are now choosing to adopt a positive mental health culture within their workplace.
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