Severn Trent presents ‘Mental Health Journey’ at this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire business festival

Thursday 29 November

Members of Severn Trent’s Occupational Health Team have presented ‘Our Mental Health Journey’ at this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival.

The festival was an opportunity to show other businesses what the company has done around mental health issues in the workplace, and help shape how companies can approach employee wellbeing.

Karen Smith, Occupational Health and Wellbeing lead at Severn Trent, said: “We’re really proud of the work we’ve done, and it was great to be able to share how we’ve worked to remove the stigma around mental health, while encouraging our people to think about their own mental and physical wellbeing.

“Most of us will spend a lot of time at work, so it’s really important that not only are we looked after physically, we’re also supported mentally. The Business Festival was a brilliant chance for us to open up and share our mental health journey with other businesses, and talk about the work and campaigns we’ve done to really raise the profile of mental health at work.”

In the last three years, Severn Trent has trained over 20% of its employees in some form or mental health awareness training, and has successfully delivered wellbeing campaigns for all its employees.

The company discussed its Silver award from the latest MIND report survey at the festival, as well as running an interactive session looking at scenarios which encourage discussions and thinking around good mental wellbeing in the workplace.

“We had some fantastic feedback from the day, which was all really positive,” adds Karen. “Everyone acknowledged our passion for mental wellbeing at Severn Trent, and we hope other companies will learn from the session and take away ideas to use in their approach to ensure the wellness of their employees.”