MVIS | Personal tragedy leads to support of Mind charity for mental health support
In a day and age where there is more and more awareness, and less and less stigma surrounding mental health and mental health treatment, MVIS and Bartco UK are lending their weight and support to mental health awareness charity, Mind.
Mind provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to raise awareness, improve services and promote the understanding of what can be extremely complex mental health issues.
Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales.
Mind supports over 513,000 people across England and Wales. Their ‘Local Minds’ network across the nation includes services such as supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.
For MVIS and Bartco UK, there is a dual fuelled reasoning for supporting Mind into 2019 and beyond.
Firstly, the highways and construction industries are amongst the highest professions for suicide rates in males. More than 1,400 construction workers took their own lives between 2011 and 2015.
Secondly, as a company with a real family feel and ethos, the harsh reality of the seriousness of mental health tragically struck a member of the company team earlier this year.
Logan Woolliscroft, Brother of MVIS’ operations and customer service assistant Tillie Woolliscroft, took his own life as a result of a mental health issue at just 21.
Tillie very bravely and openly shared with us a few details of Logan’s mental health history. She told us:
“We first realised of Logan’s mental health condition earlier this year.
“At first, he went to his GP where he was prescribed anti-depressant medication and told that this medicine could take up to 4 weeks to fully take effect.
“Logan was analysed by a physiatrist and was subsequently placed on a 2-month waiting list to see the counsellor. This 2-month wait for counselling ultimately proved to be too long to wait for
As charities such as Mind continue to campaign to raise awareness, as well as provide provisions for those struggling with mental health conditions, there is always more that can be done. MVIS and Bartco UK are proud to be able to support Mind as they continue to offer support to those vulnerable due to mental health illnesses.
In-house, MVIS and Bartco UK provide mental health awareness training on how to spot the signs of an individual suffering with mental health illnesses. Additionally, General Manager Anne Ashman and Stock Controller Rebecca Prince are fully trained mental health first aiders after attending a course this year.
Externally, Tillie and Logan’s Father, Steve is arranging to do a coast to coast bike ride in September of 2019 with 15 other members. The team has been training every Sunday, completing 20-mile rides and raising it slightly week by week to get used to prepare for the coast to coast challenge lying in wait in 2019.
The bike ride will be in memory of Logan, and is to raise awareness of, and enable people to donate and support mental health charities such as Mind.