G4S BECOMES 500TH PLEDGE SIGNATORY TO JOIN ‘see me’ TO TACKLE STIGMA
G4S has become the 500th organisation and the first security solutions company in Scotland to publicly pledge its commitment to work with ‘see me’ to tackle the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health.
G4S is the largest security solutions company in the UK and Ireland, with over 40,000 employees. In Scotland, G4S employs over 4,000 employees who deliver a range of services to the business community and public sector organisations. Through delivery of these services, G4S employees come into contact with large numbers of the general public, the business community and many people within the criminal justice system.
Representatives from G4S Secure Solutions Scotland and G4S Care and Justice divisions signed the pledge with Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’s Campaign Director.
As part of their pledge commitment, G4S agreed action plans to join with ‘see me’ to tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health by taking action as employers, service providers and community stakeholders.
As part of the pledge, the company will introduce more training on mental health as part of their employee induction programmes and support employees to better understand and to respond appropriately to any mental health problems experienced by themselves, their colleagues or people in their care.
Douglas Greenwell, Strategy and Development Director of G4S, said: “We are proud to pledge our support to the ‘see me’ campaign. Our employees are our biggest asset and better awareness of mental health issues will help them to support the people in our care more effectively as well as improving their understanding of how to cope with any issues they experience in their own personal lives.”
Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ Campaign Director, said: “Mental ill-health can affect all of us at some point in our lives. For people experiencing a mental health problem, the reaction and support of family, friends and colleagues can make a huge difference to recovery.