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Nottingham contractor promotes wellbeing with massages and smoothie bikes

Willmott Dixon invited its people and supply chain partners to take part in a series of mindful activities this month (13 -19 May) to raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

The Nottingham-based contractor - which is currently delivering the expansion of Nottingham Science Park – hosted a week of activities, which aimed to open up conversations around mental health, keep its people active, encourage healthy eating and ultimately promote self-acceptance and mindfulness.

Over 350 of Willmott Dixon’s people and 35 of its supply chain partners took part in activities across the Midlands, with Willmott Dixon’s Nottingham office enjoying mental health talks, walking groups, table tennis, smoothie bike challenges, shoulder massages alongside yoga and mindfulness sessions.

Zoe Anastasi, regional community manager for Willmott Dixon, led a number of mental health talks as part of the awareness week, she said:

“There is a huge problem with mental ill-health stigma in our industry and it’s something we’re working to change. From our mental health first aiders through to the activities we hosted this week, these are not box-ticking exercises, we care about our people and the people who work in our industry.

“During the week’s mental health talks, we have really been able to tackle mental health issues head on and work to de-stigmatise mental health in the workplace. We want to ensure we are able to help people experiencing these challenges, while also liberating our people to feel confident in having discussions surrounding mental health. Similarly, we wanted to ensure we were able to involve our supply chain partners during the week, as many of our smaller partners don’t have the infrastructure to invest in wellbeing, we are able to support them and also put them in touch with organisations such as Lighthouse Club, which manage a confidential 24/7 construction industry helpline.”                       

Willmott Dixon has continued to raise awareness around mental health, and has trained its people to become mental health first aiders on construction sites and in offices nationwide to support its All Safe Minds campaign.

Everyone on a Willmott Dixon project already receives a presentation on mental health where they are informed of the help available. The business’ mental health first aiders provide an additional network of support, encouraging its people and supply chain partners to seek help if they have existing problems or realise that they are starting to struggle.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship.


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