This week we’ve been taking a closer look mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today we’re looking at what support is available for our colleagues should the worst happen, and what’s coming next on our wellbeing journey.

Many of our colleagues face challenging situations; from our Food store colleagues who deal with crime to our Funeralcare colleagues who look after families who’s loved ones have passed away in tragic circumstances.

We know that these types of incidents can be traumatic and we have support available to help colleagues who face challenging situations. You can call LifeWorks on 0800 069 8854 to get support. In more serious cases, LifeWorks can come on site to make sure our colleagues get the best possible support.

If you’re a manager supporting colleagues who’ve been involved in a potentially traumatic incident, then LifeWorks can help you build a support plan for your team.

You should feel empowered to take the support available through LifeWorks and don’t be deterred about getting support simply because of cost. If you’re still not sure, then contact ER Services on 0330 606 1001 (option 2) to discuss the specifics of your case.

There’s more information available on LifeWorks including our factsheet on Coping after a Traumatic Incident.

As Mental Health Awareness Week comes to a close, we’re at the start of a much bigger journey to raise the profile of mental health. This is part of our  Co-op Wellbeing Journey.

We want to give colleagues and managers the tools, guidance and information they need to support each other in the best way possible.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve seen something work really well in the past, or if you have any ideas about what would really help colleagues’ mental wellbeing at the Co-op. Let us know at HR_Wellbeing@coop.co.uk.