15 February 2019
DP World Southampton has signed a pledge to make the mental health of its staff as important as their physical wellbeing.
The Time for Change Time to Talk pledge was signed on 13th February 2019 by Port Operations Director, Steve McCrindle and Unite Union Representative, Steve Biggs in front of colleagues who support the cause.
The aim is to raise awareness; help everyone feel they can talk openly about mental health; provide advice on how to look after their mental health; and to signpost staff to sources of help and support.
DP World Southampton sponsors an employee-assistance programme, run by Health Assured, which provides its staff with support for personal issues, including a free counselling service for staff and their families.
The company has also made mental health awareness part of their Safety and Skills training days and introduced wellbeing champions who can encourage colleagues to have a conversation about mental health and to let them know that “it’s ok not to be ok”.
Steve McCrindle, Port Operations Director, DP World Southampton said:
“The wellbeing of our staff is not just limited to their physical health and safety on the terminal. By signing this pledge DP World Southampton wants to help raise awareness of this hidden illness and make sure that any member of staff who is facing these problems feels supported."
Four colleagues from the Operations department went on camera to share their own experiences with mental health. You can watch the video on YouTube.