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Jewson partners with ex-Arsenal skipper Tony Adams for mental health

National builders merchant chain Jewson  is aiming to help employees improve their wellbeing and positive mental health via a partnership with SIX Mental Health Solutions – founded by former England and Arsenal captain, Tony Adams.

The work with SIX MHS will provide Jewson employees with a range of services designed to improve their wellbeing and encourage positive mental health. These include a 24/7 confidential Jewson helpline, a national network of counsellors, a series of educational seminars and residential treatment for those who suffer from addictive disorders.

The wellbeing of colleagues is a central focus for Jewson as a business, and this partnership highlights another step the company is taking to support its team. It builds on existing resources, which includes a confidential employee assistance programme, as well as materials designed to help colleagues understand and improve their own personal health.

Patrick Kent, HR Director at Jewson, said: “Whether at work or at home the wellbeing of our colleagues is and always has been, extremely important to us. We see it as an essential part of Saint-Gobain’s purpose to make the world a better home.

“Now as we emerge from lockdown, additional challenges are emerging that only underline the importance of having a variety of resources in place that support colleagues to get help when they most need it.

“The partnership with SIX MHS will help to further improve our existing mental health resources and will be a great new addition to our support system.”

Set up by former England footballer, Adams, SIX MHS is a private and confidential external organisation which aims to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce.

Adams himself has battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. He said: “We are delighted to be working with Jewson. The company’s positive attitude towards helping its staff is so refreshing and marks them out as an industry leader.  We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

“I started SIX MHS because a lot of people were contacting me for help who were outside of the sporting world and I didn’t know where to send them. Now, I can provide the services myself and I know that people are getting the best support on offer. SIX MHS mentally and emotionally supports every part of the person’s recovery.

“We take the call, provide the counsellor, facilitate treatment and see this through with aftercare. We believe this complete service is difficult for businesses to find elsewhere.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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