Penumbra and First Scotland East team up to promote Mental Health Awareness week
First Scotland East’s welcomed members of the Self-Directed Support (SDS) team from Penumbra to their Larbert depot on Friday, 18th May, to hold a special Mental Health and Wellbeing workshop with staff as part of Mental Health Awareness week.
The workshop help to educate managers and senior staff from the Larbert and Bannockburn depots on the challenges facing someone with Mental Health issues as well as the treatments, support and help that is available in their local community.
Each depot is now looking at the possibility of setting up a special wellbeing point within their own depots, which will allow staff to be able to discuss, and if necessary, find information on help with their mental health and wellbeing in the course of the working day in a discreet and comfortable environment.
The initiative was led by Larbert’s Depot Operations Manager, Jason Hackett, who was delighted with the way the day went.
He said: “The event was a really useful session for the staff and it was fantastic to see so many of the staff engaging positively about Mental Health and Wellbeing. It is an important issue to me personally as it effects so many of us in our everyday working lives. We are keen to continue the partnership with Penumbra to raise awareness further and we cannot thank them enough for coming along and running this workshop for the team.”
The one-hour workshop was led by William Wright, who is the SDS manager for Penumbra, and he is delighted to be involved with First.
He said: “We were delighted to come along and deliver the mental health and wellbeing workshop at the depot. We wanted to share information to help staff think about their own Mental Health as well as that of their families at home. The workshop helped us to educate the staff on where to get help, self-management tips, and access to funded support through Self Directed Support.”
SDS Recovery Practitioner Sarah Smith also helped deliver the workshop and is pleased to be able to help deliver wellbeing points for all staff at the depot going forward.
She added: “We look forward to working with First Bus to develop Wellbeing Points in their depots to help support staff to find trusted mental health and wellbeing resources going forward.”