Retailers' group launch mental health support

Seven leading retailers have joined together in an effort to improve the mental wellbeing of staff, with the help of Samaritans.

Funded by the John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASOS, the Co-op, M&S and Next, the retailers have joined together to launch a new online training guide on World Mental Health Day. Developed with the expertise of Samaritans, Wellbeing in Retail aims to aid the 2.9 million people that work in retail.

The development of this online guide was inspired by joint research from the John Lewis Partnership, M&S, the Co-op and Next, which revealed that over 50 per cent of the 2,000 retail workers questioned, could not recognise the signs of someone needing emotional support and around 25 per cent would not feel confident approaching an upset colleague.

The Wellbeing in Retail online guide features practical information and suggestions, activities and resources that can be accessed whenever and however workers need it and is accessible via desktop, phone or tablet.

The launch of the Wellbeing in Retail tool complements Samaritans’ Wellbeing in the Workplace online learning programme which was launched in 2018 initially for City workers with the help of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and has been successfully rolled out to over 800 organisations.

For more information about the Wellbeing in Retail guide.

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