Certainly one of Wales’s main meals firms helps workers beat the blues by launching a ground-breaking psychological well being assist service.
Harlech Foodservice, which has bases in Criccieth in Gwynedd and Chester, now has a crew of three skilled psychological well being champions prepared to supply the fitting help and ask the fitting questions if a colleague is exhibiting indicators of feeling below strain.
And a kind of questions is ‘Are you having suicidal ideas?’ because the Covid-19 pandemic places folks in Wales below unprecedented ranges of stress, at residence and within the office.
However Harlech was taking a look at upping their assist for workers properly earlier than the pandemic hit.
Managing director David Cattrall stated: “It began properly earlier than Covid and was highlighted by our Well being and Security Committee as a method of supporting folks however then the virus hit and we ended up taking the course on-line.
“It was actually good and it now offers us the instruments to recognise and assist if certainly one of our colleagues is combating psychological well being points, whether or not they’re private or work associated.
“The query ‘are you serious about ending your life’ is one you would possibly assume it is best to keep away from however truly it’s the query it is advisable be asking.
“Psychological well being is likely one of the greatest prices to the NHS in Wales and with Covid one thing like 15 per cent of 25 to 50-year-olds in Wales are experiencing some type of psychological well being downside – from an employment standpoint it may very well be the dangerous again of the longer term.
“It won’t be something to do with the office but when it’s certainly one of our crew and it’s affecting them then we become involved and assist.
“It’s a very tough topic to broach however it’s about taking duty as a result of it’s the one strategy to get somebody in danger on step one to restoration.
“If it wants greater than an arm around the shoulders then it is advisable get the professionals concerned.”
Among the many members of the crew are Katie Burton-Hughes and Mags Evans and Katie, accounts advisor crew chief within the Gross sales Division, stated: “I do have some expertise working with folks with psychological well being points earlier than coming to Harlech.
“I used to be already a primary aider right here coping with the cuts and bruises and that is helpful as a result of it enhances that.
“In the mean time so many individuals are struggling with psychological well being whether or not they’ve been on furlough or having misplaced their jobs but in addition within the office we are able to spot the tell-tale indicators that somebody is below strain.
“It means we are able to method them and present that there are individuals who care and are ready to pay attention and are right here for them.
“Psychological well being is simply as essential as bodily well being and somebody with psychological well being points is simply as prone to be off work as somebody with a bodily subject.
“But when we are able to recognise that and intervene earlier than they get too far down the road then it will probably make a giant distinction and may imply they may recuperate extra shortly.”
Harlech Foodservices employs round 200 workers and runs a fleet of automobiles to ship greater than 10,000 product strains to cafés, eating places, pubs and public sector clients throughout North and Mid-Wales, Shropshire, the Midlands and the North West.
Mr Cattrall added: “We take our duty to our workers’ psychological well being very significantly and place a excessive emphasis on it.
“It’s a part of what makes a thoughtful employer and naturally it makes good enterprise sense as properly.”