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Major Taunton employer appoints first Mental Health First Aider

Taunton-based insurance business Claims Consortium Group is leading the way in providing mental health first aid and support to its people and is calling on other businesses to do the same.

Mental health first aid is high on the national agenda following a Parliament debate in January where a cross party group of MPs backed a motion to put mental and physical first aid on equal ground through First Aid regulations.   

In response Claims Consortium Group, which employs over 270 staff mainly in Somerset, has appointed Carly Eggar as its first Mental Health First Aider and has plans to train a further 40 in the coming 12 months.

Carly is both a Mental Health First Aider and instructor. She will act as a first port of call for staff experiencing issues, as well as leading proactive initiatives for a healthy workplace. Additionally she’ll train other first aiders both around the business and externally, through the company’s training business Foundations.

Carly said: “Studies show that around 60% of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue due to work or where work was a factor. Yet few employers take their responsibilities in this area seriously.

“Mostly this is because there is still a stigma around mental health, and a huge lack of knowledge and understanding. We want to lift the lid on mental health in the workplace and bring it out in the open.

“We’re inviting businesses to come and find out more about creating a healthy workplace at our free breakfast seminar in June. And for those businesses who already understand the importance of mental health welfare we’re running our first Mental Health First Aid training course through our Foundations training centre next month.”

Businesses are invited to the free HR Breakfast Seminar on 5 June. For more information and to register:

For dates and more information about the two-day training course to become a Mental Health First Aider:

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