We take mental wellbeing seriously at Vertical Leap. In 2019, we set up a wellbeing initiative with the hope of creating an environment where our employees felt they could talk openly about their mental health challenges without fear of being judged or worrying about whether it would effect their career prospects.
We also wanted to raise awareness of mental health conditions so that everyone develops a greater understanding of what it feels like to suffer, what symptoms to look out for and what we can all do to help each other. By increasing our understanding, we have more empathy and compassion towards others which leads to a kind and supportive working environment.
We have two fully qualified Mental Health First Aiders who have been trained by MHFA England. They have a good understanding of mental health and the factors that can effect wellbeing. They have the required practical skills to spots signs of mental health issues in our employees and are able to confidently offer reassurance, guidance and support to anyone suffering.
We encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to talk to our Mental Health First Aiders – or any other person with whom they feel comfortable. Reaching out and asking for help is often the hardest bit and, as a company, we offer our full support to anyone who takes that first brave step.
We have a dedicated wellbeing channel on Microsoft Teams where we share blogs, advice, coping strategies, books etc on a regular basis. This ensures that mental health is kept constantly in the foreground of our thoughts and is a really effective way of reaching people who maybe don’t yet feel ready to reach out for help. It is also a great reminder to everyone to prioritise their mental health and ensures that anyone struggling knows that they are not alone.
Our wellbeing sessions are an opportunity for us all to get together and talk about our mental health. We share experiences, offer advice to others and generally ensure that everyone is OK. Sometimes we focus on specific topics such as depression, anxiety or sleep, and other times we just see where the conversation takes us. There is always something to learn and we ensure all the takeaways are made available to the rest of the company as not everyone may feel comfortable coming along.
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