GPH Builders Merchants, the largest independent builders merchants in the North of Scotland, have over the last 6months been undertaking Mental Health Awareness Training will all 120 staff in its business.
In Scotland, 1 in 3 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and with 75% of all deaths in men under the age of 40 caused by suicide, GPH chose to raise the profile and break the stigma of Mental Health.
Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA), a local charity which has operated in the City since 1950 have been delivering Awareness training to all staff and continue to do so.
Grant Shewan, Managing Director of GPH said “We became aware of MHA about a year ago when we learnt they were facing a funding shortage, largely due to the downturn in the Oil and Gas sector. After having a conversation with Astrid, the CEO, we truly understood the frightening statistics”
“With our main customer base being SME contractors, some of which work alone, we recognised that their daily visit to a GPH Branch may be one of the only times they get the opportunity to chat openly, so we wanted our staff to have the awareness to spot changes in people who are having a tough time”
Mental Health Aberdeen have recently become an Approved NHS Mental Health First Aider training provider and GPH were fortunate enough to be invited to send someone on the first course in Aberdeen during May 2019.
Isabelle Campbell, Trading Manager with GPH, who attended the course said “The course was a real eye opener for everyone who attended as you cannot begin to imagine the tough time people who are suffering go through until it is explained to you by professionals.”
The training Isabelle has undertaken has given her the skills in handling a variety of situations with the aim of encouraging those in need to seek professional help.
Throughout 2019, GPH will continue delivering Mental Health Awareness Training to all staff and undertake a number of fundraising initiatives to allow Mental Health Aberdeen to continue to deliver the great work they do.
Some down to earth advice on looking after yourself;
Learn – Surprise yourself and try something different. Achieving a goal or learning something new can increase your confidence as well as being fun. We all have something we’d like to try.
Get Active – Regular physical activity has been provden to have a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing.
Stay Connected – It’s important to stay in touch with friends and family, especially if you’re feeling down. Even if it’s just having a chat over a cuppa, talking can help lift your mood.
Eat Well – A health balanced diet will make sure you have all the essential nutrients needed for your body and mind to function well.