Jo Thompson, who is also Fulcrum’s Head of People and Culture, takes on this role after completing a specialist training programme to provide support and guidance to colleagues.
Delivered by mental health training specialists, Present Mind, the programme covered all aspects of mental health, such how to identify and what to do, when someone is experiencing emotional well-being issues and where to obtain additional support.
The addition of this important mental health provision is part of Fulcrum’s core values, which places safety at the forefront of its business, by providing its workforce with the support they need to ensure their wellbeing.
Jo Thompson said: “The mental health and wellbeing of all our people is paramount and we are now adding additional services to anyone in the business who needs our support.
“In the UK, just 13 percent of employees say they feel comfortable talking about mental health illness at work, with 89 percent of those with mental health problems reporting an impact on their working life.
“We want to help change this culture and provide the best support we possibly can to our people. We will do this through our open and honest working environment, which will be supported by the introduction of our Mental Health First Aider programme.”
Terry Dugdale, COO of Fulcrum, said: “Our people are our best assets and the most important part of the Fulcrum Group. While businesses have quite rightly continually increased their focus on physical health and safety, mental and emotional wellbeing have been often hidden and have been overlooked, especially within the engineering industry. As they are equally important, we are ensuring they are given the same attention and I’m incredibly proud that Jo Thompson has become our first mental well-being first aider.”