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Mental Health Foundation gets support from housebuilder Lioncourt Homes

Employees at Lioncourt Homes are showing their support for Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place from 10th – 16th May.

The housing developer has always proudly supported the mental health and wellbeing of employees, particularly through the difficulties presented during the past year. Three senior members of staff at the company have recently volunteered to become Mental Health First Aiders, which will involve undertaking training in the coming weeks with Westfield Health in association with Mental Health England. Once completed, they will ensure all employees have an accessible point of contact.

In the UK, approximately one in four people will experience a problem with their mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness week 21 years ago, with the aim of the annual event to encourage people to talk about mental health and break the stigma surrounding it.

Liz Macklin, HR Manager, commented: “Mental health is particularly poignant at the moment. For many, the pandemic brought unprecedented levels of uncertainty, anxiety and significant change to daily lives. Lioncourt Homes has always fostered a culture of openness, trust and support for our employees mental health and wellbeing, however, now, it is even more important to underline this ethos by having dedicated Mental Health First Aiders.

We wholeheartedly support Mental Health Awareness Week and what it stands for. Going forward, with the projected growth of the company, our target is to have 15% of the Lioncourt workforce trained as Mental Health First Aiders by 2025. Myself and two of my colleagues are very much looking forward to completing this course in June.”