Mental Health First Aiders
Our people and our contractors are our most important asset. Mental Health is something that everyone of us encounter on a daily basis in some form or another and can range from the worries we experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The majority of people who are affected by mental health issues will either overcome them or learn to live with them with a little help from others who are willing to listen and provide support and assistance.
Here at Tilhill we recognise that:
- Less than half of those that are affected by mental ill health feel confident to disclose their condition, which can mean issues become more severe.
- People are suffering in silence.
- You can’t manage what you can’t talk about.
This recognition has driven the Company in training up volunteers to become Mental Health First Aiders. The role of the Mental Health First Aiders is first and foremost to act as a point of contact and reassurance, someone who can listen to you for a quiet supportive chat, which will be in strict confidence. They are not able to give ongoing support or counselling, but are able to direct you towards external sources of help if it’s felt to be appropriate.
The Mental Health First Aiders are available during normal working hours via the numbers which are detailed on the table below. However, be aware that they may not be able to respond immediately but can and will arrange a time to call or meet up.
To enable you to recognise them when out on site the Mental Health First Aiders will have a sticker on their hard hat to help raise the profile of mental health wellbeing and identify them as someone willing and able to provide support.
Always remember that if you require urgent assistance and help then please contact The Samaritans, Wellbeing Scotland or MIND, via the links below or telephone numbers.