Aramark Northern Europe is introducing Mental Health Champions as a go-to support for anyone in the workplace struggling with mental health difficulties.

The launch of the Mental Health Champions coincides with Ibec’s Workplace Wellbeing Day in Ireland which encourages companies to focus on social, physical, and mental wellbeing.

Following on from Aramark’s annual mental health campaign, TAKE15, employees were asked to register their interest in becoming a Mental Health Champion and over 40 employees have now been trained to provide peer-to-peer support to colleagues struggling with their mental health.

Their role is to talk to those in the business who are struggling with their mental health and signpost them to the most appropriate support and help. They will promote positive mental health, take action to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst staff, challenge mental health stigma, and provide peer support to colleagues.

All Mental Health Champions have been trained in mental health awareness by Connect 2 Care and will have set Continual Professional Development (CPD) training sessions monthly. There will be separate supports available to them, including fortnightly Take15 sessions / breaks.

Elbha Purcell, Director of Dietetics & Wellbeing, Aramark Northern Europe, commented: “As part of our ongoing commitment to health and wellness, where mental health and physical health are valued equally, we are delighted to be able to introduce our Mental Health Champions to the business as we celebrate Ibec’s Workplace Wellbeing Day.”

Siobhan Masterson, Head of Corporate Affairs for Ibec, commented: “This is a superb initiative by Aramark to embed concrete, evidence-based measures to help address the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health and wellbeing. It aligns with Ibec’s National Workplace Wellbeing day and demonstrates the opportunity for business to support the endeavour with impact.”

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