Stonegate Pub Company has partnered with the Licensed Trade Charity to provide mental health training for over 1,000 team members.
Between now and April 2020, all of Stonegate’s general managers and line managers of pub support teams will participate in this face-to-face training workshop to become mental health champions. The training focuses on educating, and is designed to give team members the confidence to have those difficult conversations with team members that may be suffering from mental health issues.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and their physical and mental well-being is of the upmost importance,” says Suzanne Haydon, head of HR at Stonegate. “As the largest operator of late-night venues in the UK, we recognise that their health and well-being is equally important in their career progression.
“The statistics that were reported on World Mental Health Day, where 84% of hospitality workers reported an increase in stress as a direct result of their job, were alarming and we take this responsibility in looking after our teams very seriously.
“Within the last two years, our employee base has grown by 13%, from 13,200 to 15,000, as we continue to acquire a mixture of pubs and bars, including late night businesses. We are not trying to turn our teams into counsellors, but this programme is designed to give our people the skills and confidence they need to identify someone who is struggling and guide them towards specialist help and support services.”