Wellbeing is an important part of life at Hastings Direct. Our Wellbeing programme supports our colleagues with the right advice, education and support so they are healthier, happier and stronger inside and outside of the workplace. 

Our Mental Health First Aiders are an important part of the Wellbeing programme and ensure colleagues feel safe and supported. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness week, we meet Rahima, and hear why being a Mental Health First Aider is important to her.

Why did you become a Mental Health First Aider? 

I care about the welfare of our colleagues, so I wanted to be well equipped to offer support and guidance when needed. I think you always get the best out of people when they feel fully supported and their mental health is in a good place.

Do you think Mental Health First Aider’s make a difference at Hastings?

Definitely! I’m finding that people are a lot more open about their mental health, how they’re feeling and what they’re going through. I know one of our Mental Health First Aider’s has been able to help a close friend from outside of the business to get the support they needed. It goes to show our wellbeing skills come in handy even outside of work!

What does being Mental Health First Aider mean to you?

I feel proud that I was given the opportunity to learn this skill so I’m able to support and guide others. It’s brilliant that Hastings recognises there is a need for this kind of support. From being in a position where I did not quite know what to do to now having the skills and ability to help someone is very empowering. I feel proud to be Mental Health First Aider.

Do you have any hints or tips for those who might be struggling during this difficult time?

I have a young family so being organised and having a routine is key. We get up, get dressed and get ready for our day, even if that means staying at home in these current circumstances. We make sure we have our meals together and spend time in the garden or go for a walk. I find that fresh air and a little exercise is good for the soul. We also like to have alone time to do our own thing sometimes, and also make sure we relax and switch off to enjoy each other’s company at the end of a day.


To find out more about what we offer our colleagues, click here.


Date added: 18th May 2020