Diamond Build's mental health champions

As part of our commitment to improving wellbeing in the workplace, our mental health champions have completed their next round of training.

Anna O’Sullivan, Personal Assistant to the Chairman; Tim Sawka, Pre-Contract Director, Diamond Fire Safety; Angelo Desiderio, Senior Site Manager, Diamond Build PLC, and Rob Schofield, Project Manager, Diamond Build PLC, took part in the St John’s Ambulance Workplace Mental Health First Aid course.

Taking place over two days, the training enables delegates to identify those who require mental health support and gives them the confidence to offer assistance when required.

At the end of the course, the team completed two written exams and one practical, which resulted in them all achieving the FutureQuals Level 3 Award in Mental Health: Workplace First Aider qualification.

Anna O’ Sullivan commented: “This course follows training Tim and I completed in 2020. It was very interesting and a real eye opener into the impact of mental health on individuals and in the workplace. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge to help me spot the triggers and signs of mental illness and create a positive mental health culture in our workplace.”

John Gray, Chairman of Diamond Build Group, added: “Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time, but the challenges of working in the construction industry means its people can be at more risk. It’s vital that we put measures in place to reverse this trend and reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace.

“Our mental health champions are playing a key role in raising awareness and early intervention, helping us to create a happier and more productive working environment.”

Recent initiatives rolled out by the mental health champions include sending doughnuts to all the company’s sites and head office as part of Time to Talk Day. The treats were aimed at encouraging employees to start a conversation about mental health. Site managers were also provided with a mental health resource pack and a mental health toolbox talk to conduct on the day.

To enable our employees to access further support, we have also installed the Construction Industry Helpline App on company mobiles. The tool is funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, which provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families.

In addition, Diamond Build Group is a proud supporter of Mates in Mind, a charity that helps to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing for UK construction. As a Supporter of Mates in Mind, we gain access to support and communication materials, as well as a range of awareness and training programmes.

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