Its Mental Wellbeing Support Team (MWST), which was launched on 26 October 2017, is run by a team of employees on a voluntary basis. Providing counselling support to employees who may be experiencing mental health issues. Or who just want to talk about any challenges they might be facing.
Created and led by employees of Velux,
The MWST has been designed to help support the organisation’s goal of creating a more open culture around mental health in the workplace.
Employees involved in the MWST have undergone specific training. Working with counselling providers Interactions. Learning how they can provide listening and support services to staff at Velux.
The two-day training workshop covered topics such as exploring the definition of mental health. The different types of mental health issues or behavioural indicators. All that MWST team members might come across. How to start conversations with those who have mental ill health. Most importantly developing observation and listening skills.
The workshop also informed Velux MWST employees
On how to handle serious concerns about someone’s mental health. Clarifying the framework and job description of the team in general. While creating a charter or service level agreement to work from.
Pedro Poole, managing director at Velux. Said: “There has never been a more important time to create an environment in which Velux people can succeed. Feel valued and supported by their Velux friends. Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of staff. At work, is not only the right thing to do as a responsible employer, but it also makes good business sense. It helps to improve productivity and cut down on health-related absence.
“That is why we have decided to lead the way with the creation of our new dedicated team. All the team members have put in a great deal of effort and commitment to the initiative. They are passionate about making it a success. Initially, it may feel strange talking about mental health problems with a fellow worker. Very quickly everyone who came along felt the benefit. Feedback from staff has so far been really positive. We are confident the service can act as a best practice model.”
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I had a concern while researching this story. Am I reading this correctly?
`The two-day training workshop covered topics such as exploring the definition of mental health. Different types of mental health issues or behavioural indicators. All that MWST team members might come across`,
`Also, how to handle serious concerns about someone’s mental health`
Can you now tell me how it takes at least three years for a basic counselling diploma?
While all it takes is a two-day workshop. After which you can help workmates with their mental health problems. Even how to handle serious concerns?
Perhaps someone would like to enlighten me. How this is possible or is it dangerous?
I would welcome your input. If you have come across this anywhere else in Europe?
We do congratulate and wish the Velux Mental Well-Being Support Team every success.