Here at Plastic Surgeon we're doing our bit to start a conversation around mental health, keeping our staff happy and positive.
With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place this week, we’re looking to highlight the importance of mental health support and start a conversation about mental health related issues here at Plastic Surgeon – including stress, body image, financial worries and more.
Alongside running an awareness campaign amongst our 250 staff across the country we have also turned the livery on one of our vans green (as opposed to the usual blue branding) to show our support for the Mental Health Foundation.
As a business, we’ve been supporting the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) over the course of the past 12 months, which has included training members of staff in every region of the UK to act as mental health champions.
Gary Danson, Operations Director at Plastic Surgeon, said of our mental health focused effort: “Mental health is such an important area to shine a light on. In our profession, many of our workers are out on the road, with a good number working alone on jobs for prolonged periods. Talking is a key part of combating mental health issues, and it’s important that we do what we can as a business to offer our support.”
Last year we established an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to offer practical help and guidance to staff. The recently trained mental health champions, with at least one based in every region of the UK, tie into that programme, acting as an additional line of peer-to-peer support, helping to direct staff to the right support within the EAP.
Gary Danson added: “We’ve taken steps to support our employees with the EAP, but raising awareness on the importance of looking after your mental health is an ongoing endeavour and something we’ll be looking to highlight on an ongoing basis. Our staff are the most important element of our business, so we want to do what we can to safeguard their wellbeing and ensure they’re well looked after.”
He concluded: “The Mental Health Foundation does a great job of promoting mental wellbeing and we’re delighted to do what we can to aid their efforts.”