Open up about mental health with Co-op

With research suggesting each year 1 in 4 of the population experience a mental health issue and that 17% of us are living with a serious mental health concern, the Co-op is encouraging its staff to talk more about how they’re feeling.

A new Co-op training programme will provide advice, treatment and steps to best support employees with mental health conditions.

Designed in partnership with ‘Let’s Get Healthy’ the programme is designed to develop and empower Co-op’s management. Aimed at improving their basic knowledge on mental health, looking at the appropriate ways to convey this to their colleagues, whilst also bridging the gap between Co-op managers and Co-op’s external health partners.

Sadie Ashbee, Co-op’s ERS Delivery Manager said:
“Our country has seen a sharp increase in the number of people suffering from mental health issues over the years. As an employer of 69,000 people, it’s important we remain proactive in our approach to ensure our managers are fully equipped to handle mental health issues that may arise in the colleagues they are responsible for.

“The new programme provides managers with guidance on how to take the right course of action, for us as a co-op it’s about doing what matters most for our colleagues.”

The Co-op has also recently launched a mental health policy illustrating its commitment to colleagues, detailing how it will support them should they experience mental health concerns, whilst encouraging them to talk about it to raise awareness of the issues.

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant