Development Finance Today this week reported on construction firm Willmott Dixon’s Mental Health Frist Aid (MHFA) programme. The initiative, which has seen it train a fifth of its workforce, builds on the organisation’s All Safe Minds campaign, launched in 2017 to raise awareness of mental ill health in the construction industry.

In total the firm has trained over 130 staff as Mental Health First Aiders, enabling them to spot signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, and giving them the knowledge and confidence to act as a first point of contact for a colleague experiencing mental ill health. 

Mark French, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Willmott Dixon, commented, “We’ve invested in training to equip our army of MHFA volunteers with skills to deal with potentially fragile situations sensitively and effectively.”

“Our mental health first aiders are a significant step forward in offering our workforce the best possible chance at improved mental fitness, but not only that, they also represent the welcome change in culture that is gradually taking effect across our industry.”

Read full article here and find out more about Workplace MHFA courses here.