Case Study: Red7Marine
Red7Marine is the UK’s leading supplier of jack-up barges to the marine construction industry.
They are uniquely positioned to work with clients to share and manage the risk of challenging marine environments by offering bespoke services and solutions. Their in-house team can conceptualise, design, plan, procure and execute all marine projects that suit our jack-up capabilities and beyond.
Why did you choose to join Mates in Mind as a supporter?
We chose to join Mates in Mind to provide our employees with further support and raise awareness and understanding of mental health.
Keeping our people safe and protected is our main priority as a business. Mental health has always been an integral factor in the day-to-day operations of Red7Marine however it is something more important now than ever.
2020 threw all of us a curveball. After a year of uncertainty, we want our people to continue feeling valued, rewarded, and optimistic as to what 2021 will bring us.
With suicide rates for construction workers in the UK being over three times the national average we continuously strive to improve the mental health environment and culture of our organisation, which is a shared vision we have with Mates in Mind.
Mates in Mind provides our business with a platform to address issues, share resources and obtain real expertise to matters that are happening within our industry specifically.
This Stress Awareness Month, what actions will your organisation be taking to support your workforce?
We continually make all staff aware of the support available to them. This includes internal and external support.
Our mentoring programme, Your7Mentor, allows us to encourage our team to open the conversation up about stress and the warning signs to be aware of.
Your7Mentor has been developed to create a working environment based on a foundation of positive culture that allows team members to thrive. By providing each and every team member with a mentor, who is able to offer support, guidance and advice, Red7Marine is aiming to create a work environment that supports individuals at all times.
This peer mentoring scheme enables staff members to navigate the balance of their job roles and career ambitions, whilst helping them to balance this with their personal life. The programme aims to build positive wellbeing both mentally and physically.
It’s more important than ever to provide the necessary support to employees. Knowing how to start the conversation and knowing how to safely signpost peers to appropriate services can make a huge difference at the early signs of mental health
How important is stress awareness and management within your organisation?
Stress awareness and management is critical to Red7Marine. We have four strategically selected employees trained to level 3 in supervising mental health first aid.
Ever since then we have guided all employee through these uncertain times by reiterating that there is internal support to all employees and if they can’t help, they can definitely point them in the right direction to someone that can.
Red7Marine has also incorporated mental health in its emergency response procedures to ensure in the event of a major incident, mental health first aiders will get involved by engaging with persons at the scene. This internal support starts at the time of the incident, during and beyond as follow up.
Are there any particular challenges you foresee when trying to open up the conversation about mental ill health?
Historically there has been a stigma around mental ill health, but this is something that we have continually strived to challenge the construction industry over.
We are proud to provide a working environment to our employees that promote and supports the mental health and wellbeing of all employees.