Two Traffic Management Operatives have been recognized at HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd following their actions to support a member of public experiencing a mental health crisis.
This follows the recent recognition of several other employees across the organisation who’s quick thinking has saved lives.
Michael ‘Micky’ Brown and David ‘Davy’ Reid, from the company’s Durham-based depot, approached a young man during their shift in January. He was sitting on a bridge deck safety barrier and appeared distressed.
“We sat with him and had a chat about life in general. I kept him talking whilst Davy rang the emergency services. I believe our chat kept him in good spirits until the police arrived and took control.”
“We were both relieved when he started to seem less agitated and agreed to come down when the police arrived. Hopefully he’ll get the help and treatment he needs. At HW Martin (Traffic Management) mental health is important, and management operate an open-door policy so it’s nice to know there is always someone to talk too. I hope never to be in the position of that young man.”
Micky agrees with his colleague, stating:
“We both think mental health is an important issue and would urge anybody who doesn’t feel the best way, to talk about it. We have a fantastic team here at HW Martin (Traffic Management) that’s always open to discussions about mental health, and I’m proud to be part of it.”
Joanna Hill, Marketing and Communication’s Manager and Mental Health and Wellbeing Advocate at HW Martin (Traffic Management) Ltd, said:
“It saddens me how frequently this seems to happen, but what gives me hope is how our employees approach this as part of the good service they provide to the community. Their actions are completely selfless and inspirational. I want to continue recognizing their good will and compassion in this way and use it to keep the dialogue going about mental ill health to encourage people to seek the support they need.
“At HW Martin (Traffic Management) our ethos is that safety is the responsibility of everyone from everywhere. We call this Safe by Choice. And I can’t think of a better example of this in action. By the same token, we’re responsible for the safety of Micky, Davy and all the other individuals who have experienced similar circumstances. This includes their wellbeing. Each has been provided with regular welfare checks and sign posted to the various support avenues available to them. We’re pleased to be partnered with Unum who provide our Employee Assistance Programme where our people can seek professional guidance, and Reward Gateway who supply our company-wide wellbeing portal.”
If you or anyone you know is experiencing difficulties with their mental health it’s important to get help as soon as possible. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.
For more information about different ways to get help for your mental health and how to access this support follow this link.