Nottingham City Transport Moved for Mental Health Awareness Week

3 weeks ago Sun 19th May 2024

Participants at the end of the Derbyshire Three Peaks Challenge

Nottingham City Transport has marked Mental Health Awareness Week by moving more for the mental health of its colleagues.

Recently announced as a finalist in the Best New Mental Health Initiative category at the Inside Out Awards, NCT colleagues have raised over £1,000 this week for mental health charities, Mental Health Foundation and Mind.

With the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 being “moving more for mental health", colleagues have raised money by either walking NCT’s “City Loop” route in the City Centre or undertaking a 21 mile hike across Derbyshire’s highest peaks. Colleagues who signed up to NCT’s internal gym were offered free access this week too.

Mental Health Awareness Week is vital in increasing public understanding of mental health and how mental health problems can be prevented.

NCT launched its own mental health initiative in 2018 and has over 30 fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and over 80 people who have completed Developing Team Resilience and Mental Health Awareness Training. This Wellbeing Team support and signpost their colleagues who need help and assistance, mainly with external challenges outside of their work.

The impact of NCT’s Wellbeing Team has been transformative and reshaped the workplace culture to one that prioritises employee well-being, which has seen improved colleague retention and a notable reduction in absence attributed to mental health.

David Astill, Managing Director said, “I am proud that Nottingham City Transport has an engaged and supportive Wellbeing Team, who care and support colleagues across the business. I joined our team who walked the City Loop this week to raise money for mental health charities because it is important that we continue to raise awareness about mental health and offer support to colleagues.”

The winners of the Inside Out Awards – which recognise and celebrates excellence in promoting mental health, wellness and overall wellbeing – will be announced on 13th June 2024.