Mental Health & Wellbeing at HWGTA

We’re committed to creating a mentally healthy workplace. We want to ensure our workplace is somewhere people look forward to coming to every day, and where everyone feels supported. We signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge in 2020. HWGTA has a page of Mental Health & Wellbeing resources available on our padlet for staff, apprentices, learners and parents/guardians to use.


Click here to access HWGTA's Padlet resources


We have trained Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders®) amongst our staff as a point of contact for colleagues, apprentices and learners. MHFAiders® support someone who is experiencing a mental health issue, in the same way as a physical first aider would support someone who is experiencing a physical health issue. If you or a colleague are in crisis or if you’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed, stressed or depressed, you can call on a MHFAider® for support.

MHFAiders® are not therapists, just as physical first aiders aren’t doctors – but they will be able to listen, reassure, and help in a crisis, and will be able to signpost someone to get the help they need. MHFAiders® are valuable in providing early intervention help for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.HWGTA MHFAiders



Sometimes if you are struggling to cope it can be difficult to make that initial approach for help, that is why we have also set up the wellbeing email address as shown in the poster above. You may also be the parent or guardian of an apprentice looking for support to help them.

HWGTA has also launched our use of the Orange Button Community Scheme. People who are having thoughts of suicide or who are worried about a friend or family member can ask Orange Button wearers in their community for information and support.

HWGTA staff also have access to an employee assistance programme to help support their wellbeing needs.


Orange Button Community Scheme