Scottish care operator Parklands Care Homes has launched a new mental health training initiative for employees. 

Staff at Parklands, which has 12 homes in the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire, are being given the opportunity to take part in a two-day Mental Health First Aid training programme.

With 1 in 4 people likely to experience a mental health challenge in any given year, it’s hoped that equipping employees with the skills to address these challenges can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected.

The training programme will cover essential topics, including recognising signs of distress, offering appropriate support, learning basic suicide intervention techniques, and understanding how to protect mental well-being. Participants will acquire valuable skills that can be applied in both their professional and personal lives.

HR advisor Lynda Mackenzie said: “Becoming a Mental Health First Aider means being there for someone in their time of need – providing a calm presence, valuable information, and guidance towards appropriate help. By equipping our team with the tools and knowledge to support mental health, the aim is that they become an essential support for colleagues, friends and loved ones in need.”

Fellow HR advisor Heather Reid added: “This initiative reflects Parklands’ commitment to promoting wellness and creating a supportive and healthy workplace environment. The initial response from staff has been fantastic, which can only have positive implications for our workplace culture and the well-being of our team members and those around them.”