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WASTE RECYCLING


Scottish company tackles mental health issues head on


SCOTTISH recycling and resource management company Binn Group is leading the way in providing a workplace safety net for employees in a bid to tackle the county's growing mental health problems.


In what is recognised as an industry fi rst, the Perthshire-based company has brought mental health care ‘in house’, ensuring easy access to support and assistance for its 140-plus strong workforce.


Binn Group is working with mental health support charity SPEAK to address the wide-ranging issues which can impact on workers' psychological well-being.


And after only seven months into the consultancy partnership, the company is already seeing a signifi cant decrease in absenteeism and an increase in


productivity and general well-being.


Binn Group HR Manager Danny McAtear explained the advantages of having mental health support on site. "Knowing there is someone they can speak to in private on site - who will be understanding, supportive and non- judgemental - can make a huge diff erence for employees," he said.


In house one-to-one peer support is given by SPEAK founder Rosie McKearnon who battled for many years with her own mental health problems.


"I think Binn Group is fairly typical in having a percentage of employees struggling with mental health issues," said Rosie.


"What is diff erent is that Binn Group decided to do something about it. They


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value their workers, they recognise the problems of mental health and they've tackled it head on.”


Binn Group will be conducting a survey in several months’ time to identify the impact this groundbreaking collaboration has had. They are in no doubt, however, that this unique proactive approach has pointed the way for others.


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