Mental Health

Date Published: 04-10-2018

East Anglian based recruitment firm, Cooper Lomaz Recruitment has committed to ‘breaking the silence’ when it comes to Mental Health Awareness by sending a number of its employees on a course, which will give the business 12 Mental Health First Aid Champions.

 

Through regular staff engagement sessions Cooper Lomaz identified Mental Health as a key topic workers within their 3 sites wanted to focus on in 2018.  Recruitment and sales businesses have a long standing relationship with mental health issues, something staff at Cooper Lomaz acknowledge.  The training is designed to help staff support each other in the work environment and raise awareness of the impact Mental Health can have on individuals.

 

Since National Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018 the team at Cooper Lomaz have been discussing how best to improve knowledge of this area within the business.  Originally Cooper Lomaz agreed to put one person from each office on a dedicated training course.  When opening up applications for these spaces however interest completely outstripped demand and it was clear another approach would be needed.

 

On Thursday the 4th of October Cooper Lomaz are now hosting a training session at their Norwich office with 12 attendees from across the business being trained by Anita Malster, on behalf of Anglian Training.  This allowed increased numbers of staff to take part in this initiative and has received fantastic feedback from the team.  Kieran Ashton, a Consultant from the Bury St Edmunds office said “It’s been nice to be have the opportunity to go on this course to learn about a subject which is close to my own heart. I hope to understand the importance of Mental Health, and how it affects everybody, and not just in the workplace.”

 

Simon Brown, Managing Director of Cooper Lomaz says “Statistics show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental illness each year, and we plan to do something about it here at Cooper Lomaz. I have committed to Mental Health being a Top 3 business priority by the summer of 2019, and having 12 Mental Health First Aid Champions throughout the company for our people to talk to in confidence is just the start”