Mental health is an essential aspect of our overall well-being. At Ayming, promoting positive mental health is vital for a happy and healthy workplace. That’s why we have created a team of Mental Health Champions, trained to provide support, resources, and a listening ear to colleagues who might be struggling with mental health challenges.
What is a Mental Health Champion?
A Mental Health Champion is an employee trained to support colleagues and promote mental health awareness. Ayming’s Mental Health Champions are trained by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) and can recognise warning signs and direct employees to sources of support.
Why are Mental Health Champions important?
Mental health is essential to our overall well-being but can be challenging to discuss. Mental Health Champions create a safe and welcoming environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health and well-being. By reducing stigma and promoting open dialogue about mental health, Mental Health Champions can help create a safer, more supportive workplace.
What do Ayming’s Mental Health Champions do?
Provide support and resources
Mental Health Champions provide a listening ear and direct employees to sources of support. They are trained to recognise warning signs and offer practical advice on managing mental health challenges. They can also signpost to local services and encourage healthy habits, such as healthy eating and physical activity.
Seek feedback from employees
Our Mental Health Champions seek employee feedback on improving mental health at work. They advise our senior leadership team on creating a more supportive workplace and giving a voice to Aymers who may ordinarily wish to refrain from speaking up.
Reduce the stigma around mental health
Our Mental Health Champions help to reduce the stigma around mental health by creating environments and opportunities for well-being and mental health to become part of everyday, casual conversation in the workplace. They organise regular discussions, host events, and run campaigns and drop-in sessions to create a safe and welcoming workplace.
Hear what our Mental Health Champions have to say:
“As someone who has previously struggled with my mental health, I understand its impact on your working and personal lives. This was my main driver in becoming a Mental Health Champion, and I’m delighted to work at a company that acknowledges the impact mental health issues can have.”
“Being a Mental Health Champion is important to me because mental health is equally as important as physical health. Everyone should feel comfortable and supported in seeking help if they are not feeling mentally well, however severe or mild. I want to make mental health resources and advice easily accessible to all.”
“I wanted to become a Mental Health Champion to encourage more people to talk about their feelings and hopefully help them realise they are not alone in feeling that way. I’ve witnessed mental health challenges in my friends and family and wanted to take a step to help them and my colleagues at work. It’s so important to feel supported in the workplace.”
“The only way to break the stigma is for people to understand how common it is: 1 in 4 people will encounter a mental health difficulty at some point, so even if you’re not going through it right now, you probably know somebody that is. That’s why being a Mental Health Champion is so important.”