Case Study – Jessica Sauntson – Multi-skilled Operator, Long Sutton
I’m proud of the work Princes is doing to help to change the perception of mental health.
As someone who has struggled with mental health issues myself, I know how important it is to talk about the subject and to have access to resources that can help.
Over the years I’ve suffered with anxiety and depression, linked to a past trauma, and I’ve have had to take time off work. Even though I had the support of the company, it was still hard to come back.
I became a Mental Health First Aider in May 2021 because I wanted to help colleagues who might be going through a tough time. Having dedicated people to talk to, who understand what you are going through, and who you can trust to keep something private, can make a big difference.
Sometimes you just need someone who can listen to you.
The Mental Health First Aider training is very good, and I’ve learnt how to spot the signs that someone might be struggling and what to do next.
I’ve reassured colleagues anxious about returning to the workplace during the pandemic and listened to other people who have had financial concerns or been worried about a vulnerable member of their family.
It can be a friendly chat on the production line, an email exchange, phone calls after work or sometimes we book a private meeting room to talk more discreetly.
It’s good to be able to help people, to reassure them that they are not on their own and they have options.