Pete Goddard - Mental Health First Aider
It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 18-24 May 2020 so we wanted to have a chat with one of our Mental Health First Aiders and see what it means to them.
Why did you decide to become a Mental Health First Aider?
When I heard that Robinsons had secured three places on a MHFA I instantly wanted to put myself forward to undertake the training. Whilst I have never had what you might call a ‘mental health issue,’ I know that there have been periods in my life where I have required the support of friends, family and colleagues. I felt as though I was in a position to improve my knowledge and understanding of the subject in order for me to offer others the same support that I have experienced.
What are your thoughts around Mental Health in the Construction Industry?
Whilst the stigma of mental health is slowly being removed there is still some way to go. I believe that this is especially evident in so called masculine environments such as construction. It is extremely important to inform people that they should look at mental health the same way as they look at physical health, as by ignoring the subject can lead the issue to become as debilitating as any physical condition.
What is your primary aim as a qualified Mental Health First Aider?
If by putting myself forward for the role it makes it easier for just one person to seek necessary support then the training will be proven to be a success. Although I am available for any individual that wishes to receive support, I strongly felt on a personal level that if an individual who reports to me wanted help then I wanted to be able to offer that help rather than merely pass them on to someone else in the first instance.