SDS believes that fostering wellbeing is good for people and the organisation.  Promoting wellbeing can help prevent stress and create a positive working environment where both the individual and the organisation can thrive. Good health and wellbeing can be a core enabler of employee engagement and performance.

In order to support this important agenda, several members of staff have undertaken formal training to become a Mental Health First Aid Champion in order that we can support and signpost individuals to ensure that they receive the help and support they may need, or just simply be available for a friendly chat if that is what is needed.  Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, geography, income, social status, race, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, background or another aspect of cultural identity.  We are sure that most of us, at some time in our lives, have suffered with our mental health.

These individuals have been trained to have empathy, confidentiality and an awareness of mental health in order that they can recognise and support people who may simply need someone to acknowledge how they are feeling or may need some support in understanding what support is available. All conversations will be in total confidence, and your name and the details of the discussion you have had will remain totally confidential between you and the Mental Health First Aid Champion.  The only information we will keep as an organisation is around themes of support required i.e. financial support, signposting to services etc. in order that we can respond to that and provide support across the organisation.

The Mental Health First Aid Champions can be recognised as they wear a green lanyard; and their email addresses are shown below:

Alex Ainley

Ash Khan

Charlotte Storer

Claire Griffiths

Jackie Heath

Katie Russell

Kelly Smith

Taleetha Smalley