Meet one of our Mental Health Ambassadors: Jackie Clarke
11 May 2022
We see all too often the devasting challenges faced by people living with Mental Health issues, whether this affects you personally or those closest to you. There is no one size fits all when it comes to Mental Health, and by accepting we are all different, and can approach challenges in quite different ways, this is normal and most importantly, is ok.
Having worked at EA Technology in excess of 30 years, I have seen a lot of change, particularly within the organisation and its attitude towards Mental Health and the overall wellbeing of staff. For me, having access to information and by providing support, whether a friendly ear, or a structured support package being provided is such a valuable asset, and if taken advantage of can provide so much benefit not only to our staff but to those closest to them.
Talking about Mental Health is for some the last thing they want to do but being assured of confidentiality and an empathetic ear and the support of the business can and does go a long way in supporting our colleagues and friends to understand there is light at the end of the tunnel and people really do want to help you.
All of the Mental Health First Aiders at EA Technology are very well placed to hold such titles. This might be due to having first-hand experience themselves or in providing support to family, friends, and colleagues to overcome and manage Mental Health issues. Embracing an open and honest approach to Mental Health and making it an “OK” subject in the workplace is probably the biggest hurdle for a business, but by having identified the need for and by putting measures in place to support our staff and ultimately their families, we are leaps and bounds ahead of other organisations, but there is always more that can be done.
Being a recognised support to my friends and colleagues, whether this be through our Union Partnership, being a Mental Health First Aider or just by being someone willing to listen is an honour and privilege and something I value and will continue to provide as long as I’m able.