Part of their remit involves visiting branches across the group, offering branch managers and colleagues the opportunity to speak with them about any concerns they may have, giving everyone the opportunity to talk about mental health issues, with a focus on providing help and advice. The visits are an opportunity for us to understand what the group is doing well and, most importantly, how we can improve. We want colleagues to have a voice so positive change can be recognised and happen where needed.
Natalie explained: “By going out and talking to colleagues and raising awareness of wellbeing we are hoping to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. ‘It’s OK not to be OK’ is an important message that we want to reiterate to our colleagues.
“Often in male-dominated environments issues are not discussed and kept to ourselves. Talking openly about mental health can change our own lives and those we work with and we actively encourage and support our colleagues to share the load. Listening and talking to each other is the most powerful tool we have as a business and it’s vital we ensure this happens.”