Supporting mental wellbeing on National Stress Awareness Day

Published: 6th November 2019

On National Stress Awareness Day (Wednesday 6th November), Saffron is sharing information and providing support for staff to help them identify the signs of stress and better manage their wellbeing.

Four Saffron employees have recently qualified as Mental Health First Aiders, receiving training to provide a friendly ear and confidential support to colleagues to help improve their mental wellbeing. They have also been trained to signpost staff to other relevant organisations who can offer further help and advice. There are plans to train a further four MHFAs in 2020.

Having positive wellbeing for staff is important to Saffron, with mental health awareness training sessions held for all Saffron staff in July. They also have access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), provided through Life & Progress. The 24/7 service includes offering general assessments, short-term counselling and referral services for staff and their immediate family.

“National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to remind our employees of the support we can offer for their mental wellbeing,” said Catherine Hodds, Director of Human Resources at Saffron. “Our Mental Health First Aiders are one of the many ways we are supporting our employees to ensure they can access the help and advice their need.

“It is important to us that the best possible processes are in place for people if they need someone to talk to, whether that be within Saffron or an external organisation. Services like the EAP are a fantastic resource for employees, on top of what we can offer internally.”