Murphy International Ltd. has launched a ‘Mental Health Awareness Advocate’ project in order to ‘spot, support and prevent’.
It is estimated that one in four of us will experience a mental health issue within our lifetime. In particular men are less likely to recognise, talk, or ask for help on mental health issues, which has huge impacts for their well-being.
Murphy maintains a ‘One Family’ philosophy and is committed to supporting employees. The company has a mental health program aimed at raising awareness and making it easier to talk about mental health as well as an independent support line where employees can contact councilors for support 24/7.
We believe that the roll out of the Mental Health Awareness Advocate program is a step forward in protecting our employee’s mental health in the same way that we protect their safety. We believe this is the right step to encourage discussion of mental health issues within our workforce and to break down the stigmas surrounding the issue.
The plan is to have mental health awareness advocates on the ground to help employees and managers to spot, support and prevent mental health issues. Their skills will include:
- An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect well-being
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to step in, reassure, and support a person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support
Over recent years we’ve all become increasingly aware of the need to improve positive mental well-being and to confront the stigma surrounding mental health issues, particularly in the Construction Industry.
As part of our ‘Never Harm’ culture at Murphy we promote a positive safety culture at all our sites and offices.
Cathy Kelly, Senior SHESQ Manager, Murphy International Ltd