Coca-Cola Amatil recognised for our commitment to Mental Health First Aid
We are pleased to announce that Coca-Cola Amatil has achieved Gold Accreditation from Mental Health First Aid Australia, for being a Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace. We are the only FMCG company in Australia with MHFA Accreditation.
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Skilled Workplace Program recognises workplaces for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training. It celebrates organisations across Australia that not only invest in developing mental health first aid skills in their people, but also show a strong commitment to embedding the program into their organisation’s culture, through actions like senior leadership support, relevant policies, supporting Mental Health First Aid Officers and continuous improvement.
National Health, Wellbeing and Injury Manager, Lisa McCahon, commented “For us at Amatil, it’s important that we create a safe workplace where both the mental and physical health of our people are valued equally. Just like appointing physical first aid officers, we’ve placed a real focus on having accredited Mental Health First Aiders across our sites in Australia”.
She added, “It means we have trained people across the business who understand and recognise the signs of mental illness, start those initial conversations with colleagues who they might be concerned about, and if necessary are in a position to encourage co-workers to seek appropriate professional help early on, well before the illness becomes worse”.
Max Hailes from our National Sales Centre is one of these dedicated Mental Health First Aid Officers. Why? His perspective is;
“Working at the NSC, the risk of physical safety hazards are quite low compared with manufacturing sites. However, we are faced with the issue of mental health regularly. As a manager of people, I have had multiple people come to me with issues they have been facing outside work that are affecting their day to day. I wasn’t sure how to handle it and thought that if I was equipped with the qualification of mental health first aid, I would be set up to deal with this in future.”
Coca-Cola Amatil currently has 140 accredited Mental Health First Aiders across their sites in Australia, and these MHFA Officers complement the more formal support services available such as our Employee Assistance Program.