A local opticians in Dunfermline is tackling mental health issues head-on with a series of awareness-raising workplace initiatives and fundraisers.
Specsavers in High Street will be organising a fun scavenger hunt this weekend, generating much-needed funds for the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH).
The event will see local shop owners placing teddy bears in their windows for families to spot and will take place across Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.
Participants are invited to come to the Specsavers store on either day and, in return for a donation to SAMH, they will receive a list of clues as to the location of the bears, which will be wearing distinctive green mental health ribbons.
A further fundraiser for SAMH will see a week-long cycle challenge taking place at the front of the High Street store. Staff will cycle a distance equivalent to the length of Scotland on an exercise bike, while bake sales, raffles, and fancy dress events are expected to raise even more cash.
Thanks to a fresh focus on wellness in the workplace that’s been introduced by new optometrist Will Stevenson, the store now has a mental health team in place who will be taking specialised first aid courses.
It is part of an ongoing programme of learning that the staff have embraced in recent months after Will saw first-hand the difference that mental health initiatives could make to staff in his previous supermarket role.
Will says: ‘The engagement in-store has been fantastic already. The staff have really got behind it, and there’s been great progress made so far.
‘In my previous job, I saw the difference that raising mental health awareness could make to individuals, and so when I joined Specsavers, I was keen to roll out something similar here.
‘It’s been amazing to also have other local businesses contributing prizes towards the project to help encourage the staff to improve their mental health and create a more positive atmosphere and working environment.
‘A big thank you must go to the likes of Bespoke Hairdressing, Lindores Abbey Distillery, and The Carnock Inn for their donations.
‘The store directors, Andy and Grace Hepburn, have also kindly donated a few things personally, which is brilliant.’
A word from the store director
Store director, Grace Hepburn, says: ‘This is a wonderful initiative, and we were delighted when Will first suggested introducing it.
‘Mental health awareness is vital in modern workplaces, not only for management looking to offer better support but also for staff to know that they can reach out for help when they need to.
‘It’s all about creating happier, more open working environments where issues can be talked about and tackled before they can have a chance to become life-altering.’
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