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Celebrating the people who ask R U Ok? every day

At Coca-Cola Amatil we’re proud to be the first FMCG company to be awarded Gold Accreditation from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

At Coca-Cola Amatil we’re proud to be the first FMCG company to be awarded Gold Accreditation from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

We are even more proud of our 140+ team members across Australia who helped make it happen by training and volunteering to become a mental health first aider for anyone who needs their support.

The toll caused by the many and varied impacts of COVID-19 has had on everyone is huge. More than ever, it is reassuring to know that our skilled Mental Health First Aiders are prepared to step forward and offer support when others can’t.

Meet some of our Mental Health First Aiders at Coca-Cola Amatil:
Meet Ahmed, Production Manager

“No one should have to suffer in silence. We need to raise more awareness of mental health, and the ways to help.”

Why did you become a Mental Health First Aider?
Passion prompted me to be a Mental Health First Aider. I strongly believe mental health should be given the same level of attention as physical health, and that we all have a role to play in supporting one another. It's important to understand mental health and know how to talk about it. There are lots of myths and outdated stereotypes – it's a complex topic and unique to everyone.

What does being a Mental Health First Aider mean to you?
No one deserves to suffer, nor should they feel like they are walking alone. Becoming a skilled Mental Health First Aider has given me improved knowledge of mental illnesses, treatments and appropriate first aid strategies / techniques, as well as the courage and confidence to provide first aid to a person experiencing a mental health problem.
 
Meet Denise, People Solutions Manager

“Knowing mental health first aid means we can be proactive and reduce or prevent harm at work.”

Why did you become a Mental Health First Aider?
At the time of becoming a Mental Health First Aider I was a State People & Culture Partner for Western Australia. I felt it was crucial in my role to be able to support our employees with appropriate health and safety strategies including mental health.

What does being a Mental Health First Aider mean to you?
The role of being a Mental Health First Aider is important to me. Being able to confidently identify the signs of mental illness and suicide and knowing how to respond is life changing. It means we can be proactive and reduce or prevent harm at work, and everywhere else too.

The role of being a Mental Health First Aider isn’t glamourous – but it is important to me. I know I have the course skills to make a difference at the moments they are needed most. And, being a part of the mental health first aider community at Amatil which has a shared passion to help reduce the stigma around mental illness is special too.

Meet Justin, Sales Manager

“Having mental health first aid skills and experience in my back pocket is helping me manage my own wellbeing and those around me.”

Why did you become a Mental Health First Aider?
It is important to me that I have the tools needed if and when someone I know is in need so I can help. Knowing the prevalence of mental health illness within our society, I want to be able to recognise the early warning signs and help direct people to services that might help them.

What does being a Mental Health First Aider mean to you? 
Living in Victoria during COVID-19 has made me even more aware of my own and my colleagues’ mental wellness. Every person in Victoria has had their work and personal lives dramatically impacted by the pandemic which includes being unable to leave their homes for long periods of time. Keeping well in this situation is critically important and having the mental health first aid experience in my back pocket is helping me manage my own wellbeing and to keep a careful eye on my colleagues, friends and family. That means a lot.

Meet Kim, National Brand & Consumer Services Manager

“I have had to use the mental health first aid skills I learnt on a few occasions. I know they make a difference.”

Why did you become a Mental Health First Aider?
I have always had an interest in giving back to the community. I spent seven years doing voluntary work for Lifeline, a national charity providing support for Australians experiencing a personal crisis and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline. Mental health was a common factor in these spaces and I wanted to use some of the skills I had developed over time to support people close to me as well.

What does being a Mental Health First Aider mean to you? 
Being there for people is so important and to be able to provide some initial support and ‘first aid’ and guide them in the direction of professional help so they can deal with and possibly overcome their issues.
Thank you to everyone who is a Mental Health First Aider. You are making a difference. Remember to look after yourself too.

Interested in following the lead of our team members? Become a Mental Health First Aider here.

Want to join the team at Coca-Cola Amatil? Visit our Careers page.