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Seddon wins Mates in Mind award for mental health strategy

10 April 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Seddon receiving their Mates in Mind Impact Award

Seddon Construction has won the Mates in Mind 2019 Impact Award in the ‘large organisation’ category, after winning praise for encouraging a conversation about mental health following the death of one of its apprentices.

Seddon launched an initiative to build awareness of mental wellbeing following the suicide of painter and decorator Jordan Bibby, who was just 25 when he took his own life in 2017.

Seddon started ‘Jordan’s conversation’, an educational presentation on mental health and well-being, delivered across Seddon's live construction sites and four offices in the North West and Midlands.

The company’s efforts were recognised on 5 April at its 2019 Impact Awards as part of the British Safety Council’s 2019 International Safety Awards gala dinner held at Grosvenor House in central London on 5 April.

The two organisations awarded highly commended for the Mates in Mind 2019 Impact Award for the large organisation category were Chevron Traffic Management and Network Rail: IP Western & Wales.

The winner of the Mates in Mind’s 2019 Impact Award for the SME category was Artelia UK, which used its role in managing supply chains and frameworks, to spread the message about mental wellbeing.

The two organisations awarded highly commended for the Mates in Mind 2019 Impact Award for the SME category were Wring Group and RSE Building Services.

This year, for the first time, Mates in Mind also offered supporters the chance to nominate a colleague for their new category, the Mates in Mind 2019 Individual Champion Award.

This year’s winner of the 2019 Impact Award for the Individual Champion Award in the SME category was Richard Carrington from Williams Southern. He was praised for his delivery of change across the company’s retail development programme, including supporting contractors within the scheme living away from home and travelling many miles; as well as for his efforts to champion the belief that companies can start the conversation about mental health at any opportunity.

The winner of the 2019 Impact Award for the Individual Champion Award in the large organisations category was David White from Galliford Try. White received the award for his energy, focus and inspirational dedication to motivating others, committing his executive board to a wellbeing vision as well as supporting the delivery and uptake of Galliford Try’s wellbeing initiative, Be Well.

James Rudoni, managing director of Mates in Mind said: “Our warmest congratulations to all our winners and those who were highly commended - they should be proud of their achievement, but more than that, for their contributions to improving the mental health of their workforce and the wider industry.

“The awards are only in their second year, as is the charity, but the number and quality of submissions we received were tremendous. We are delighted to see that the Awards are growing to become an annual highlight in the Mates in Mind calendar for our supporters.”

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