Howells welcomes mayor to highlight importance of mental health

Mayor Andy Street (centre) visited Howells Patent Glazing to find out some of the measures it has put in place to support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees
Mayor Andy Street (centre) visited Howells Patent Glazing to find out some of the measures it has put in place to support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees

Howells Patent Glazing has welcomed the mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street to its Black Country factory to share some of the measures it has put in place to support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees.

The family-run business takes part in the ‘Thrive at Work’ initiative – a workplace wellbeing programme established by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to help businesses, across the West and East Midlands to support their employees.

By promoting health and wellbeing, the scheme benefits employees and the business by boosting productivity and demonstrating that Howells Patent Glazing is a considerate employer.

The company signed up to the programme in 2018 and put in place action plans to support its employee’s mental health and wellbeing. Despite being based on an industrial estate behind Cradley Heath station, the firm has provided access for its staff to two nature trails, where workers can go and switch off from the stresses of everyday life.

The visit was also appropriate given this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10 – 16 May), which focused on how nature can boost mental and physical health and reduce feelings of isolation.

Welcoming the mayor’s visit, Tracey Jackson of Howells Patent Glazing, said: “We would like to thank the mayor for taking the time to visit us and for taking an interest in our work and wellbeing programme. We are incredibly proud of our status as a Thrive at Work accredited employer (Bronze Level Award). 

“We were also one of the first businesses to engage with the mayor’s mentor initiative, which has certainly been a catalyst for change and progress. Two of our management team, myself included, have since become professionally trained coaches and mentors. This has given us the confidence to change perception, job craft and improve the mental health of our staff; invaluable resources for any SME.”

Following his visit, the mayor said: “It is vital we recognise the importance and benefits of good mental health, not only for the individual that may be affected, but also for our wider economic recovery.

“I made mental health a clear priority in my election manifesto, and I intend to continue to deliver on those promises. Positive mental health is good for the individual and good for the economy – no one should be left behind.”