Mental health awareness week

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Business owner is inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week and decides to recruit a Mental Health Nurse for his staff

MONDAY 20th MAY 2019, WORCESTER: Inspired by Mental Health Awareness week last week and the Heads Together campaign, the CEO of SJL Insurance Services, Simon Lancaster has incorporated a new service for his staff to help their mental health. From June 2019, a Mental Health nurse will be in the office two days a month to have private discussions with staff. Staff will be invited to see Nurse Carie Workman and discuss anything they wish to. When making the booking, they do not need to say what their problem is in order to maintain confidentiality and encourage staff to come forward. Staff working at SJL’s HQ in Worcester travel in from all over the region from about a 50-mile radius to Worcester, including Birmingham.

In addition to taking on Nurse Carie Workman, SJL department leader Jen Hall-Annison and her colleague Kate Hanson, are going on a Mental Health First Aiders course to learn practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness. This will give them the confidence to support a person who needs assistance.

CEO Simon Lancaster said: “The first of five core values at SJL Insurance Services is to make SJL Insurance Services the best place for employees to work in the UK insurance industry. Having seen all the press coverage on the Heads Together campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week it inspired me to take action and to hire a mental health nurse to work here.”

He continued: “Mental health problems come in many forms, ranging from issues like coping with stress levels in the workplace to more severe problems. Most people will be affected by issues within this range and our staff are no different, whether it be issues at home or at work talking about them with a professional should help. It is fantastic to see the stigma around mental health being blown away, if you had a physical health problem you wouldn’t hesitate in talking about it and seeking treatment, mental health should be no different. Since we made the announcement the staff have been overwhelmingly positive and upbeat about this initiative, and many have already booked appointments which is amazing.”

With an almost equal 50:50 split between female and male employees at SJL, the firm wants to help all staff. According to the Mental Health Foundation, in England, 75% of suicides are men, for whom suicide is the most common cause of death for males aged 20-49. Women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.

About SJL Insurance Services – SJL Insurance Services was established in 2001. It is predominantly a commercial and business insurance broker, with some personal insurance clients. SJL Insurance Services’s headquarters are in Worcester, and it also has offices in the City of London and Bristol. The Company is an official Lloyd’s of London broker, with clients across the UK and outside of the UK.

About New Beginnings – Carie Workman from New Beginnings is a Registered Mental Health Nurse as well as being a therapist, working with children, adolescents and adults. She is also trained in ADOS – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 3di- computerised interview covering all aspects of mental health, EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing for PTSD, phobias, trauma, depression etc. Mindfulness and CBT/DBT. She works part-time at Woodbourne Priory Hospital and the rest of her time in her own private practise New Beginning with a Consultant. Carie’s treatment rooms are in Cheltenham, Solihull and Knowle. Carie works with local businesses in supporting employees with their own mental wellbeing which has had a very positive effect within the work place. Carie also works with private individuals in their own homes.


Press enquiries for SJL Insurance Services: Kerry Hopkins, e: [email protected] t: 07900 981 751