PHASTAR celebrates World Mental Health Day with the launch of employee wellbeing programme

In recent years there has been a rising interest in the subject of mental health, and a growing understanding of the important role it plays in our everyday lives. Companies are increasingly expected to pay attention to the mental health needs of their staff, and where possible, to provide appropriate support.

In the wake of COVID-19 and the rise of remote working, many employees have chosen to work from home. While this new arrangement can provide many benefits to workers and businesses, the lack of regular face-to-face communication, and the introduction of flexible working hours, bring about their own risks, such as the feeling of disconnection from colleagues, and issues related to work-life balance.

In light of these challenges, PHASTAR has launched an employee wellbeing programme, starting with the rollout of Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) training to a number of staff globally. Developed in the 2000s, the MHFA training programme was designed to address a general lack of understanding of mental health issues, how to recognise them and provide support, and where treatment and services may be found.

“I would describe good mental health as being able to identify and manage factors/triggers that hinder your emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing that would otherwise stop you from living a fulfilled life. (Since undergoing MHFA training) I have developed a better sense of self and identified some mental health triggers which I didn’t know before.” - Paul, PHASTAR MHFA team member
“After the training and going through the reading materials, I can say that I have become aware of my mental health and accepted who I am and I’m slowly improving my confidence. The MHFA training has greatly helped me at a personal level.” – Jacob, PHASTAR MHFA team member

To accompany the MHFA initiative, PHASTAR is also investing in an exciting new partnership with the wellbeing platform, GoVox. Launched in 2018, GoVox helps hundreds of organisations to connect with their staff, and provides businesses with the data-driven intelligence needed to improve their mental health support.

Via regularly scheduled ‘Check ins’, GoVox analyses user-submitted data to build personal wellbeing reports, provides users with access to helpful tips and blog articles, and identifies employees who may require support for follow up by trained colleagues.

Starting from 10th October and World Mental Health Day, PHASTAR’s MHFA team, in conjunction with GoVox, will be on-hand to provide their colleagues with quality mental health resources, advice, and support.

If you would like to learn more about mental health, GoVox, and the MHFA programme, please visit the websites below: