The Brightstar Group is introducing nine fully trained mental health first aiders across its UK offices, with the intention to support people back to work following the pandemic.

The group has trained nine people from across the Brightstar and Sirius Property Finance brands to become mental health first aiders.

Each has undertaken a two-day course and taken a final assessment to achieve a Level 3 qualification in mental health first aid in the workplace.

Clare Jupp, director of people development at The Brightstar Group, said: “We have trained four team members from Sirius, three from Brightstar and two who work in group roles to become mental health first aiders.

“They are from a diverse range of departments, ages and backgrounds, so our team will have a choice of talking with someone with whom they feel most comfortable.

“Many people will be anxious about returning to work in the near future and sadly, many will have suffered, and perhaps still be suffering with issues related to this awful pandemic.

“The introduction of mental health first aiders is one positive way that we can support our team.

“They will be on hand to offer support, can look out for warning signs amongst their colleagues and will be able to point them in the right direction with confidence if they need more professional help.

“They will also assist with more structured wellbeing events, such as our Wellbeing Days and World Mental Health Day.

“I’m really excited about this project and the potential for colleagues from across the Brightstar Group to be able to support each other.”