Mental Health

Step Change in Safety is committed to raising and promoting awareness of mental health among the onshore and offshore workforce.

Maintaining good mental health is crucial for everyone as it can help individuals to achieve their full potential. Mental health and wellbeing continues to be a priority area for the oil and gas industry.

A wide range of factors can result in a period of poor mental health. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide the opportunity for those affected to talk openly about them is crucial in supporting positive wellbeing.

Step Change in Safety is working with the industry to identify mental health needs and take the appropriate steps to address them. For information on Mental Health First Aid Training courses visit our events page.

Update from Step Change in Safety

The global pandemic has thrown us all off track with work, home and family; and the need to maintain good mental health has never been so important.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has led to an increased call for mental health training. At Step Change in Safety our series of classroom-based Mental Health Awareness Training has had to be postponed and we have been looking for a suitable solution to deliver similar training remotely.

We are just about to initiate a trial run of an accredited, remote mental health awareness training. Feedback from the participants following this trial will help us to develop future mental health awareness campaigns.

There are also additional future options of Mental Health lunch and learns, which can also be delivered remotely and we are also investigation prospective mental health and wellbeing tools.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

As part of its ongoing workforce engagement programme, Step Change in Safety intends to offer members the opportunity to attend one of a series of 12 Mental Health First Aid Champion Courses to be run throughout the UK during 2020.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) One Day course from MHFA England gives people the awareness and skills to be a MHFA Champion. 

MHFA Champions have the knowledge to advocate for mental health and ability to recognise if someone may need support with their mental health.

The One Day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies people as an MHFA Champion and is particularly useful for decision makers and line managers. It gives them:

  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • An understanding of common mental health issues  
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health 
  • Confidence to offer support to someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • An introduction to looking after their own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing.

The full day, face to face course, facilitates learning through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Courses are limited to 16 participants so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.

Courses will be facilitated by Annette Thomas and will be opened by Steve Rae, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety.


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“Practical mental health skills and awareness training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their own mental health and that of their colleagues, and encourages them to access timely support when needed.” Simon Blake OBE Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

"Time out for Safety" Session 2: Mental Health and Wellbeing

The second in a series of industry panel sessions organised and facilitated by Step Change in Safety.

Session 2: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Panellists (L-R):

Louise Jenkins-Lang MCIPD, PGDip HRM, Director Lindsay & Lang

Rev Gordon Craig UK Oil & Gas Chaplain

Carolyn Taylor Mental Health & Wellbeing, Post Trauma Specialist, Offshore Resilience Ltd

Alison Porter HR Director, Bilfinger Salamis UK

Chaired by Steve Rae, Executive Director, Step Change in Safety.

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