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Morgan Sindall employee recognised with Mind award

A member of staff at Morgan Sindall has been recognised with an award by the mental health charity Mind.

Emily Garnett, 29, from London, won the Wellbeing Lead Award at Mind’s 2017-18 Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards on 17 April, for championing mental health and promoting wellbeing at the organisation.

Emily is a Safety, Health and Environment Manager for London and the Home Counties and has worked for Morgan Sindall for almost five years.

She has worked in the construction industry for around eight years, and in Health and Safety roles for over 10 years, during this time Emily has observed the positive changes within the industry towards health and wellbeing, although she believes there is still a long way to go, particularly in the construction industry where suicide rates are a much larger cause of death than falls from height.

Over the last 18 months Emily has been instrumental in driving awareness of mental health and initiatives in her workplace. She has delivered Mental Health awareness training to employees and encouraged others to talk about their mental health at various events such as Time to Talk day. Additionally, she has encouraged many volunteers to come forward to train as Mental Health First Aiders, a qualification she also holds, and is hoping to become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor in the not too distant future.

Emily, who has generalised anxiety and was diagnosed with depression in 2017, said: “I have shared my mental illness with others and this has prompted them to speak up too which has made me feel that I am not alone. One in four people have a mental health problem so there are many of us suffering, more than people might realise, and by opening up about my experience I believe this will continue to encourage others to do the same.”

On receiving the award, Emily added: “I’m incredibly proud, and a little shocked, to receive the Wellbeing Lead Award. We will all experience mental illness directly or indirectly at some point in our lives, so the more we talk about it the better.”

Emily was nominated by her manager at Morgan Sindall, who said: “Em is a leading voice and driving force regarding mental health and wellbeing within our organisation. She has a wonderful way of using her own personal experiences to reach out to everyone, whether a senior director or a tradesperson, she gains trust and this has resulted in her making a positive difference to people’s lives.

“Em’s drive and commitment to breaking down mental health barriers and wellbeing has helped to get rid of a lot of the stigma that has traditionally surrounded it. It is now ok in our business to talk about our mental wellbeing, and it is also ok not to be ok. Em is a very deserving winner of this award, and we are extremely proud to have her in our team.”

Morgan Sindall achieved a Bronze award at the Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards in recognition for its commitment to workplace wellbeing.

Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve.

The event took place at BMA House, the headquarters of the British Medical Association, in Central London. The ceremony was hosted by Mind Ambassador, Alastair Campbell, a writer, communicator and strategist who is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Alastair has written and talked extensively about his own experiences of depression.

To register your interest in taking part in next year’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, please visit www.mind.org.uk/index