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The Mental Health Foundation's 2017 report found that more than four in ten people say they have experienced depression; and that 85% of people out of work have experienced a mental health problem, compared to two thirds of those in work.

In 2015, the Office of National Statistics found that suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men, with three times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women.

With 62% Britons reporting that their workplace environment has an effect on their mental wellbeing, what we can do as employers – who are continually looking to attract and retain talent – to build a mentally healthy community? 

Here at Interact, we want to make sure all our core staff, creative associates and participants have access to the right kind of support. Two of our senior associates recently attended Mental Health First Aid England’s training, a formal programme that builds peoples skills in: 

  • Identifying signs or potential triggers for individuals

  • Using appropriate language to have an effective conversation

  • Identifying and providing the next steps for that individual’s well being 

“I'm really proud that Interact is looking into ways to protect us from these risks at work, to raise awareness of them, encouraging us all to have better conversations with no stigma attached. What I've taken from the training I've done so far is get to know yourself, your own resilience, where your mental health is. It's something we can all benefit from thinking and talking about.”

Tomos James, Creative Associate

This eye-opening training has given our business an insight into the skills required to identify and have conversations with individuals in need.  

Having an understanding of how to do this effectively is pivotal in achieving tangible outcomes. As always, we believe that the practice of this how is fundamental to equipping staff adequately. Watch this space as we develop this area of our work. 

Lucy Kent