Law firm unveils new mental health advocates

9th October 2020

Law firm unveils new mental health advocates

A leading West Midlands law firm has marked Saturday’s World Mental Health Day by welcoming 10 new specially trained first aiders to its ranks.

The employees at Higgs & Sons, based in Brierley Hill, completed four days of training and are now qualified Mental Health First Aiders.

The training was carried out by a Mental Health First Aid England specialist and involved staff at all levels at Higgs & Sons, including partners.

It takes the number of trained specialists at the firm to 14.

Sophie Wardell, HR Director, said mental health training was more important than ever.

“We are delighted to expand our mental health first aid team,” she said.

“It’s also really important that our first aiders represent all areas of the business and that mental health is being championed at the most senior level.

“It’s critical during these uncertain times that our employees and partners have a group of people they can reach out to if and when they need to.

“There is still a stigma around mental ill-health and some people may feel that they don’t want to speak to a supervisor or HR in case it appears as if they can’t cope. Having a network of mental health first aiders goes some way to address that problem.

“Given the pressures and demands of working in the law, the legal sector is starting to be more proactive in addressing mental ill-health concerns and we’re proud to be stepping up and taking positive steps towards a healthier workforce.

“The Covid-19 crisis has brought about new challenges and, particularly for those now working remotely which has for some exacerbated matters. It’s more important than ever that people feel supported.”

The training is designed to enable people to spot signs of mental ill health and offer non-judgmental support.

By improving mental health skills, confidence and access to support, the training assists in reducing stigma, increasing wellbeing and encouraging people to thrive at work.


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